David Byers and James Hider
February 20, 2009
Israel was today poised for its most right-wing government in decades after Binyamin Netanyahu was asked to be the country’s next Prime Minister.
In a move that will cause huge disappointment in Washington, President Shimon Peres confirmed that he had asked the Likud leader, who finished a close second in the country’s election, to build a coalition.
Giving an acceptance speech that did not mention the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process or a two-state solution, Mr Netanyahu instead placed much of his focus on Iran’s enrichment of uranium.
“Iran is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon and constitutes the gravest threat to our existence since the war of independence,” Mr Netanyahu said at President Peres’s official residence.
The UN announced yesterday that Iran has enriched sufficient uranium to amass a nuclear bomb – a third more than previously thought.