Iraq's parliament has voted to remove the governor of Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk from office, according to legislators present at the vote.
Safeen Dizayee, a spokesman for the Kurdish regional government in Iraq, did not respond directly to Netanyahu's comments, but appeared to welcome them.
"They asked us to keep calm", Karim said of his phone call with McGurk when asked about the meeting between a visiting delegation from the United States, United Kingdom, and United Nations with Kurdish President Masoud Barzani.
A parliamentary majority in Baghdad voted in opposition to the September 25 referendum planned by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) prompting Kurdish lawmakers to walk out of the session, which was attended by 204 of parliament's 328 members.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has endorsed the creation of an independent Kurdish state, as Iraqi Kurds prepare for a referendum on independence.
Iraqi lawmakers authorised Abadi this week to "take all measures" to preserve national unity before the independence referendum.
McGurk said he was encouraged that Kurdish leaders could embrace an alternative plan focusing on dialogue between the Kurdistan region and Baghdad and a delay in the referendum.
"The KRG should be aware that there will most certainly be a price to pay for insisting on its approach for a referendum despite all our friendly recommendations", the ministry said in a statement.
The Kurdish presidency said the autonomous region's political leaders would study the proposal, without giving details.
Israel "supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state", Netantahu said in a statement.
The Kurds are spread across the region, with large populations in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran.
"We have made it clear that Turkmen don't want this referendum to be held - neither in Kirkuk nor in other disputed areas", Turan said.