Lebanon PM: Netanyahu Doesn't Believe in Peace

In Washington Post interview, Saad Hariri accuses Netanyahu of destroying Oslo Accords, says 'there is no leadership in Israel.'

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri criticized on Friday Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's will to continue negotiations with the Palestinians, saying that he "doesn't believe in peace."

In an interview with the Washington Post, Hariri said that in order to achieve a peace deal in the Arab-Israeli conflict, there must be strong leadership, something that Israel lacks.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri - AP
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"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."

Hariri accused Netanyahu of destroying the Oslo Accords and said that he is "somebody who is not willing to talk about real peace in the region."

Moreover, he stressed that Israel can only have security if comprehensive peace was achieved between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and between Israel and the 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.

On Monday, Hariri met with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyep Erdogan, who declared that Israel is endangering world peace by using exaggerated force against the Palestinians, breaching Lebanon's air space and waters and for not revealing the details of its nuclear program.