Hariri urges Israel to pursue dialogue in Mideast conflict



MADRID- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri urged Israel on Thursday to "move ahead" towards finding a political solution with the Palestinians by privileging dialogue over "little wars".
"Israel must move ahead" because "we need to have a credible process that the Arab world can believe in," Hariri said in Madrid at a joint news conference with his Spanish counterpart Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.



Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri talks at a press conference after a meeting with Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at Moncloa Palace in Madrid. (AFP/File/Javier Soriano)
Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri talks at a press conference after a meeting with Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at Moncloa Palace in Madrid. (AFP/File/Javier Soriano)
He accused Israel of "trying to create little wars here and there to hold up the peace process."
"The Israelis have to understand that weapons and destruction only incite hate and violence," he added.
"Israel has to be told that 'you can start all the wars you want in the Middle East but in the end there can only be a political solution'," said Hariri, on the first of a two-day trip to the Spanish capital.
"A political solution, with the existing consensus in Europe, the United States and the Arab world, is the only way to make progress in the region," he said.
Zapatero said that Israel's announcement last month of plans for the construction of homes in occupied East Jerusalem was a "serious problem" that "put the brakes" on the possibility of indirect talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.
"The current moment is historic for getting an agreement because the international community and the Arab world have a very clear position and there is a wide consensus," he stressed.
Spain currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency and also is in command of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon or UNIFIL.
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Friday, April 9th 2010
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