EU: Crisis must be solved by diplomacy

The European Union urged both Israel and the Palestinians to "step back from the brink" and allow diplomacy to resolve the crisis caused by the abduction of an IDF soldier by militants in the Gaza Strip. "All sides need to consider their responsibilities extremely carefully," EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said in a statement Wednesday, after IDF troops and armor thrust into the Gaza Strip, shelling targets and bombing power stations and a bridge. "Both sides need to step back from the brink before this becomes a crisis that neither side can control," Ferrero-Waldner warned.