British official: Israel needs political victory

A British government minister called on Israel on Sunday to consider the political consequences of its military offensive against Lebanon. Foreign Office minister Kim Howells, who was meeting Israeli officials in Haifa, said public recognition was needed of the scale of destruction in Lebanon. His comments were a departure from the message of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who urged Israel only to be proportionate in its actions. "What's going on won't be won simply by a military exercise, it has got to be a political victory as well. That means the forces of sanity have got to win out," Howells told Sky News.