'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."

November 3, 2010 11:49
1 minute read.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

saad hariri 311. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


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.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Hizbullah making preparations to seize power in Beirut
Nasrallah calls for boycott of Hariri tribunal

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.


Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter looks down the road to Makhmur
September 21, 2018
A year after referendum, Kurds in Iraq face Iran and US powerbrokers