Article published on the 2009-01-05 Latest update 2009-01-05 13:51 TU
Correspondent Elias Zananeri said that Sarkozy had spoken to three Lebanese newspapers earlier, where he blamed both Israel and Hamas for the carnage.
"He has very good relations with Olmert as well as with many Arab leaders, and that's why he thinks he has a chance to succeed when others failed," said Zananeri from Jerusalem Monday morning.
The European Union was on a similar mission to try and broker an end to Israeli's Gaza onslaught, as a mission held talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Although calling for an end to the fighting, the mission put forth no concrete proposals.
"We are fighting with terror and we are not reaching an agreement with terror," Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said, rejecting an EU call for a truce.
British geopolitical analyst Paul Rogers believes that the EU is impotent in comparison to the United States.
"The key to this is this is the attitude of the [US President George W] Bush administration which is fully supportive," Rogers told RFI.
Eventually it will need "to be brought to the United Nations for some resolution, which will be agreeable for all sides," he added.
Meanwhile, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting Saturday night, but failed to come to any conclusion due to the US blocking calls for a ceasefire.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "regretted" that the council could not reach a decision at this "crucial juncture."
"I appeal to all members of the international community to display the unity and commitment required to bring this escalating crisis to an end," said Ban in a statement released Sunday.
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