The US Secretary of State has arrived in Tel Aviv for talks with the Israeli Prime Minister. Condoleezza Rice will meet Ehud Olmert later today, as she strives to find a sustainable solution to the crisis between Israel and Lebanon. She is also due to have a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
“It is a difficult time for the people of Lebanon and it is a difficult time for the Palestinian people. If we have learned anything it is that any peace is going to have to be based on enduring principles and not on temporary solutions. We will talk about how to get to an enduring cessation of violence.”, she said.
The issue dominated a working dinner with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who added: “The goals of Hizbollah are to set the region in flames and to dictate the Israeli-Palestinian agenda.”