'Israel won't get away with treatment of Palestinians'

Hariri to BBC: "I think Iran has an influence, but the real danger lies in not achieving a comprehensive peace."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 3, 2010 11:49
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

saad hariri 311. (photo credit: AP)

A BBC interview with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was broadcast on Wednesday, in which he blamed Israel for the absence of peace in the region and told BBC Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen that it is this lack of peace that is the real danger, and not any threat from Iran.

"I think Iran has an influence, but I think the real danger lies in not acheiving a comprehensive peace," he said.

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The Lebanese leader told the BBC that Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas, al-Qaida are all considered threats today, but that if peace had been reached earlier, these threats would not exist.

"There is an Arab peace initiative on the table and what has Israel done with it? If we had achieved peace in 1991, we wouldn't be here today," he added later, also saying "Israel thinks it can get away with it, and it will not" in reference to its treatment of the Palestinians.

Hariri also addressed the much discussed tribunal investigating the murder of his father, former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, saying that when the assassination occurred in 2005, "there was a lot of anger, and everybody wanted to blame somebody."


The comment was a response to the interviewer's raising of the blame Hariri had initially placed on Syria.

Hariri also reiterated his support for the UN-backed tribunal, which is likely to issue indictments to members of Hizbullah in the near future. Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah has called for a boycott of the tribunal.


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