EU diplomats in Israel in push to stop fighting july.23.2006
JERUSALEM - Top diplomats from France, Germany and Britain has converged on Israel ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as world powers moved to try to end the Lebanon conflict The Europeans are trying to push the Jewish state into ending its massive blitz on Lebanon, which has killed more than 350 people in 12 days, most of them civilians, and destroyed key infrastructure across the country. Washington, Israel's closest ally, continues to staunchly defend the Jewish state and argues that a ceasefire can only come as part of a wider diplomatic package involving the disarmament of the Lebanese Shiite Muslim Hezbollah."I am convinced that a ceasefire is possible," French Foreign Minister Phillipe Douste-Blazy told reporters Sunday in the northern city of Haifa, which was hit again Sunday by deadly rocket fire from Hezbollah.Douste-Blazy was due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert later in the day, along with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in the West Bank.Israel has rejected calls for an immediate ceasefire in its war against Hezbollah."It's too early to talk about a ceasefire," Immigration Minister Zeev Boim said before a weekly cabinet meeting. "We first have to reach the goals which we set, to rout Hezbollah from southern Lebanon."Olmert was also due to meet with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.On Saturday, Steinmeier said: "We are making all efforts to create the suitable conditions which will allow for a ceasefire, within a political framework aimed at reaching permanent stability in the region."Britain's junior foreign minister Kim Howells, due to meet Livni and Abbas on Sunday, was also likely to push Israel into easing its offensive that has also displaced more than a half million people and triggered warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe."These are not surgical strikes," Howells said in Beirut on Saturday. "It's very difficult to understand the kind of military tactics that are being used.Although Britain has largely aligned itself with Washington on the Middle East crisis, Howells took a rare swipe at American policy."I very much hope that the Americans understand what's happening to Lebanon -- the destruction of infrastructure, the death of so many children and so many people," he said.The European diplomatic efforts are unlikely to succeed until the United States changes its position and also presses for a cessation in hostilities. Washington argues that a ceasefire can can come only as part of a diplomatic package that sees the disarmament of Hezbollah, guarantees of Israeli security on its northern border and an end to Syrian and Iranian backing of Hezbollah.Rice, who has said a ceasefire would be a "false promise," is due to arrive in Israel on Monday to meet with Olmert as well as Abbas.Israel has been waging a similar offensive against the Gaza Strip since the capture of a soldier in June by Palestinian militants including the armed wing of the governing Hamas movement. More than 100 Palestinians have been killed. On Sunday, Israel said it supported the deployment of an international force as part of the eventual solution to the crisis. It has previously said that it was "too early" to consider such a force, which would be in addition to the UN peacekeeping force that has been monitoring the volatile border for 28 years. "Israel sees the possibility of deploying a multinational force (in south Lebanon) with a strong mandate. The force would possibly be a NATO force," Defense Minister Amir Peretz told reporters after meeting Germany's foreign minister. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan last week outlined plans for a settlement that would involve Hezbollah releasing two Israeli soldiers captured in a deadly border raid on July 12, and the deployment of a stabilization force. The Jewish state says it wants to regain its soldiers and rout Hezbollah, which regularly launches rockets into northern Israel.
Thanked god some one is trying to end the Jews killing spree look what they did to there city’s and town’s they are gone little kid s homes with there mom and dads and others use to live and work and prey are all gone it’s sad that Washington ( bush ) support his Israel Jew’s going on a killing spree to get a few Hezbollah militants as Washington call it.may are god for give theme all for this no good war that killed kids and people and old people and teens and babys too