Hariri slams Netanyhu for 'not believing in peace'

In 'Washington Post' interview Lebanese prime minister accuses PM of destroying Oslo accords, says Israel lacks strong leadership.

November 26, 2010 09:36
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

saad hariri 311. (photo credit: AP)


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Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri has slammed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu saying that he "does not believe in peace."

In an interview with the Washington Post, published Friday, Hariri questioned Netanyahu's will to continue peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

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Hariri told the Washington Post that in order to achieve a peace deal in the Arab-Israeli conflict, there must be strong leadership, which is something that Israel is lacking.

The Lebanese prime minister accused Netanyahu of destroying the Oslo Accords.

"There is no leadership in Israel," he said. "At one point you had [Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin who wanted peace. He's the one who believed in the peace in the region, but Netanyahu doesn't believe in peace."

During the interview Hariri accused Netanyahu of being "somebody who is not willing to talk about real peace in the region."

Hariri stressed that comprehensive peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis is the only way that security can be assured.

He went on to discuss Israel's peace situation with the wider Arab world which includes Syria and Lebanon.

"[Netanyahu] takes the issue of security as the basis of his whole political platform but you will only have security if you have peace," he said during the interview.

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