Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly said a ground invasion of Gaza is one of the options available to his country's military in response to what Israel claims is Hamas targeting of Israeli civilians.
According to Reuters, a source in the Israeli Prime Minister's office quoted Mr Netanyahu as saying: "The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) must be ready to go all the way. All options are on the table, including a ground invasion."
It's been an emotionally exhausting day in Israel and Gaza as hopes for peace were raised then dashed then raised then dashed again.
In the court of international opinion, this is how Israel wins a battle and still manages to lose the war.
Until the Israelis and the Palestinians find a way of resolving the underlining conflict this will not be more than a pause.