I don't see very high prospects for a ceasefire now because Israel is continuing with its own agenda. They believe that Hamas is going to continue with its resistance. You have to question the timing of the operation. Israel has elections coming in January and have messages for the Palestinians to stop them going to the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Today's bombing in Tel Aviv is reminiscent of six years ago and could mark a serious escalation in the conflict.
A truce in Gaza suits all sides but none of the groups seem interested in a long-lasting solution.
A complex system of air defences has been instrumental in protecting Israel's population from incoming rockets.