The Likud party on Tuesday said in a statement that Kadima and opposition leader Tzipi Livni are encouraging increased international pressure on Israel.

The statement came in response to a Bloomberg column Tuesday morning which said that the White House has grown increasingly resentful of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's policy, and subsequent comments by Livni who said Netanyahu's "political obsession affects the strategic and security interests of Israel and its citizens and degrades the state into a political and social abyss, which has never been seen before."

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"Netanyahu's cabinet is the most over-sized in Israel's history and is detached from its people and its environment in a way that is harmful to the people who live there, when they are in Israel and when they are abroad," the Kadima statement said.

Likud defended the prime minister, saying that "Netanyahu is concerned with the interests of the State of Israel and stands strong time after time against international pressure in order to defend those interests."

While Kadima claimed that "day after day it becomes clear that Netanyahu is dangerous for Israel," Likud argued that it was the Kadima government that in 2006 "allowed Hamas to take part in elections in Gaza and established themselves the state of Hamastan, armed with thousands of rockets aimed at harming Israeli citizens."

"The nation of Israel needs a leader like Binyamin Netanyahu that stands behind Israel's vital interests," the statement said. 

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