Netanyahu's Likud Party to Lead Israeli Government
Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party have been asked to form Israel's next government, making Netanyahu prime minister. He was helped into power by backing from Avigdor Lieberman, the head of Yisrael Beiteinu, a right wing party.
Tzipi Livni, leader of the centrist Kadima party, says the power sharing will result in a far-right leaning government.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of the right-of-centre Likud party, has been asked to form Israel's next government.
Mr Netanyahu said Israel faced "great challenges" including the global economic crisis and what he said was Iran's wish to obtain nuclear weapons.
Tzipi Livni, whose centrist Kadima party holds the most seats in a divided Israeli parliament, has told her followers they are headed for opposition status as hardliner Benjamin Netanyahu solidifies his claim to govern, Israeli newspapers reported Thursday.
Immediately after securing the leadership of Israel, Netanyahu named Iran as the main threat to Israel, but did not mention the Israel/Gaza peace talks.
Hawkish Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday named Iran as Israel's main threat after accepting the task of forming a new government in the wake of the tight February 20 elections.
Meanwhile, a letter purportedly from Hamas says that they will not release the Israeli Soldier that has been in captivity since 2006. A few days earlier, Israel said they would not continue peace talks in Egypt unless he was released.
A letter left at the gatehouse of a United Nations compound in Gaza addressed to Mr Obama was believed to contain a broad statement of the group's demand to be included in the Middle East peace process. It was handed to Senator John Kerry, who visited the beleagrued strip of Palestinian territory on Thursday
Egypt, who coaxed Hamas to accept a 18-month truce last week, has so far made no comment on Peres' choice, but the once-promising "breakthrough" of the Cairo-hosted talks has been virtually in tatters after a series of setbacks in the past few days.
One of our NowPublic staffers Sanjay Jha posted early this morning about just this subject:
After securing support from 65 newly elected Parliamentarian the right wing Israeli opposition leader, Binyamin Netanyahu, has emerged as top contender for the post of prime minister-designate.