As rockets continue to fall on both sides of the Gaza-Israel border, this is a war that no-one on either side wants to see escalate.
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It is a war that Israel would find very hard to justify if it meant putting its ground troops into harm's way to avenge the deaths of just three of their citizens.
There is also no appetite amongst the Israeli public for a war.
So while it could be that a ceasefire is tantalisingly close, it could also be many bloody days away as both parties thrash out the difficult detail of a truce.
But it boils down to one issue: Who will cease fire first?
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.