"And the problem is not only Lebanon. Look at Palestine," Hariri went on. "If you want peace, you have to accept the other. Talk to the other and accept that they have rights."
"The only way this is going to be resolved is for Israel to make peace with the Palestinians. How long do we have to hear about the Palestinian conflict?"
"I believe that (the) current administration in Israel does not want peace, full stop."
Hariri was clear in expressing his frustration with the historically internecine Israeli-Palestinian conflict, though he added, "We have seen people in Israel that wanted peace."
On President Donald Trump's decision to name Jerusalem the Israeli capital, a move widely condemned around the world, Hariri said, "Our position on Jerusalem is very clear."
"If the U.S. decides Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, that does not mean that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Because the whole world is saying Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel."
The Trump administration's move in December was a sharp reversal of decades of official U.S. policy, which left the status of Jerusalem up to negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leadership. It triggered protests in several countries, as well as violent demonstrations in parts of the Middle East.
Still, Hariri felt Trump has good intentions for the region. Asked if he thought the U.S. wants peace, he replied, "Of course they do. And I believe that President Trump wants peace. But he is trying a different way maybe, which I don't understand."