Hariri: Israel in attempt to try Iraq scenario with Lebanon

Hariri compared Israeli accusations that Hizbullah had obtained Scud missiles to charges that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction ahead of the 2003 US-led invasion.

Hariri: Israel in attempt to try Iraq scenario with Lebanon

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri compared Israeli accusations that Hizbullah had obtained Scud missiles to charges that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction ahead of the 2003 US-led invasion.

After talks over the Mideast peace process with Italian President Silvio Berlusconi Tuesday, Hariri said during a joint news conference with Berlusconi that a real opportunity presented itself to achieve a comprehensive peace.

Hariri’s comments concerning allegations of Scud transfers to Hizbullah, made late Monday in Italy, come after Israeli President Shimon Peres accused Syria last week of providing them to the resistance.

Washington summoned the top Syrian diplomat on Monday to address Israeli accusation.

Syria denied earlier this month that it had furnished Hezbollah with Scuds, saying Israel might be using the accusation as a pretext for a military strike.

Allegations that Saddam Hussein was developing weapons of mass destruction were the main US rationale behind the 2003 US-led war in Iraq, but none were found after the 2003 invasion.

“The media suddenly started reporting there were Scuds in Lebanon. Do you know what a Scud missile means? I believe it’s as big as this room,” Hariri said.

“Threats that Lebanon now has huge missiles are similar to what they used to say about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,” he added. “These are arms they did not find and are still searching for,” Hariri said.

"Israel is trying to reproduce the same scenario for Lebanon. The rumours about Scud are only a pretext for threatening my country," he said, calling the claims "false".

"Syria links"

"We have turned the page with Syria. Assad and I have decided to work together to improve our relations in respect of our mutual sovereignty. Of course, you cannot expect everything to change with one meeting, but we will manage it," Hariri said.

Hariri said a special court set up in The Hague to investigate his father's killing must be allowed to do its job.

Hariri said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was working against the peace process in the Middle East.

"The real problem is that Israel doesn't want to give the Palestinians land or recognise the two state solution," said Hariri, who visited Rome for a meeting with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Tuesday.



Agencies

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