Lebanon PM: Israel Talks Peace but Does Nothing to Achieve It

After meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, Saad Hariri told reporters 'Arabs want peace.'

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri blamed Israel on Sunday for seeking to start a war with its neighboring Arab countries.

"Israel can't claim to be interested in the peace process without doing anything tangible in this regard," Hariri said following a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.

Hariri blamed Israel for seeking to start a war with both Syria and Iran, despite the Arab nations' desire for peace.

Two weeks ago Hariri said that he was concerned over Israel's "escalating" threats to Lebanon and Syria, and that if Israel were to attack, he would stand united with his own people.

"I think they're betting that there might be some division in Lebanon, if there is a war against us," Hariri said in an interview with BBC News.

"Well, there won't be a division in Lebanon. We will stand against Israel. We will stand with our own people," he said, referring to Hezbollah's role in the divided country.

The Lebanese premier also said that Israeli planes enter Lebanese and Syrian air space on a regular basis.

"We see what's happening on the ground and in our airspace and what's happening all the time during the past two months - every day we have Israeli planes entering Lebanese airspace," Hariri said. "This is something that is escalating, and this is something that is really dangerous."