A ceasefire might be tantalisingly close or it could still be several bloody days away.
But the fact of the matter in Gaza tonight is that Israeli drones are still overhead, the missiles are still flying and the death toll is still rising.
Hamas says the number of dead has reached three figures while Israel estimates that it is only slightly lower.
But the two sides bitterly dispute the number of fighters against the number of innocent bystanders who have been killed.
At the funeral I attended in Gaza today, there were missiles flying out and Israeli air strikes coming in. And as the dead were buried I saw fresh graves being dug.
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.