An emotionally exhausting day in Israel and Gaza as hopes for peace were raised then dashed

It's been an emotionally exhausting day in Israel and Gaza as hopes for peace were raised then dashed then raised then dashed again.

Israel's security cabinet is to meet tomorrow, and seems equally likely to order some kind of limited land campaign into Gaza as agree a ceasefire.

Israeli army reservists stand near an armoured vehicle. Credit: Reuters

Reports that a deal to end the exchange of rockets and missiles, from an unnamed Israeli official close to the Cairo negotiations, were premature.

Indeed, the infiltration into Israel by Hamas commandos through a secret tunnel makes it harder for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to end hostilities, and much easier to order his troops over the border.

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