Diplomatic efforts to halt the violence are being stepped up. On top of missions by Arab countries, a European Union delegation has left for the Middle East. With the US caught up in a transition of power, and with President Bush firmly blaming Hamas, the Palestinians are looking to Europe to help solve the crisis. EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, said: “The most important for us at this very moment, and here the Commission has a lot to do, is of course access for humanitarian goods. The situation is so bad. And this otherwise would undermine all the moderates in the whole region, and I think this cannot be in the interests either of Israel. So I’m sure we all try to do our maximum.”Having been criticised for not doing enough to help solve the crisis, the EU’s Middle East envoy Tony Blair is also meeting key players. He was due to meet the Palestinian Prime Minister, as well as Israeli leaders.