Kadima MK: PM made Israel 'diplomatic burden' for US

September 15, 2011 15:52

As the Palestinian head to the United Nations for state recognition, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has made Israel a "diplomatic burden" for the US, Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner said Thursday.

Plesner, who initiated the so-called September Report concerned with the Palestinian UN state recognition bid, said that Netanyahu "played into the hands of the Palestinians these last few months, and now Israeli citizens will have to front the bill."

"Netanyahu's behavior causes great consternation to our closest friend, the United States," Plesner said, adding "Just as the region undergoes a critical time period of change, and the US is forced to consider its position, Netanyahu has changed Israel from being a strategic asset to a diplomatic burden."

Plesner criticized the prime minister's decision to address the United Nations General Assembly ahead of the Palestinian bid, saying that also served Netanyahu's "internal politics at the expense of national interests."

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