The United States says it is working hard to bridge differences between the U.S. position and that of its allies on a U.N. resolution on ending the Israel-Hezbollah fighting.
A White House spokesman, Tony Snow told reporters there is a range of views and many concerns on the measure.
He also said the U.S. wants an end to the violence, and not an escalation in the fighting. Asked whether that is a message to Israel, which has announced plans to widen its offensive against Hezbollah, the spokesman said it is "a message to all parties."
French and U.S. officials are working on a compromise proposal for ending the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict.
Differences between the two countries emerged after an Arab League delegation argued the U.N. Security Council should call for an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon.
French President Jacques Chirac said on Wednesday that the U.S. is resisting some Arab proposals. He said giving up on a ceasefire resolution would be immoral.
In New York, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said a compromise resolution will take into account Lebanon's offer to send 15-thousand troops to patrol the border with Israel.
Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech today that the group supports the Lebanese army's deployment in southern Lebanon.
Israel says it will only withdraw from Lebanon when a robust international force is in place.