British Prime Minister Tony Blair Wednesday refused to demand for an immediate end to Israel's destruction of Lebanon. Refusing to respond to a call by Liberal Democrat leader Menzies Campbell, Blair deflected the issue by insisting the UK had "somewhat limited" influence over Hizbullah.
The prime minister also rejected a call by his former Environment Secretary Michael Meacher to pressure Israel over the Middle East crisis and the Middle East roadmap plan. Campbell asked Blair if he was not calling for an immediate ceasefire because he understood that the US policy was to allow more time for Israel's bombings before asking for a ceasefire.
The Guardian newspaper Wednesday said that it had learnt from British, European and Israeli sources that US President George W Bush was giving Israel a further week "to inflict maximum damage on Hizbullah before joining international calls for a ceasefire."