Israel's Prime Minister has insisted his country is not "eager for war" with Palestinian militants, but said his government would do what it takes to safeguard citizens' "safety and security".
In a statement this evening, Benjamin Netanyahu said: "Israel is not eager for war, but the security of our citizens is our primary consideration."
Israel claims Hamas is responsible for a number of rocket attacks targeting civilians in Israeli cities.
He laid the blame for any violence at Hamas' door, saying: "Israel targets Hamas terrorists and not innocent civilians. By contrast, Hamas targets Israeli civilians while hiding behind Palestinian civilians."
"Hamas, therefore, bears full responsibility for any harm that comes to Israeli and Palestinian civilians alike."
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.