While Israel and Gaza continued to exchange fire today, battlelines were also drawn in New York.
At a meeting of the UN Security Council, Palestine called for an "end to the bloodshed of the Palestinian people" while Israel's UN envoy said the Jewish state did not support a ceasefire, telling reporters "Our clear goal is to dismantle the infrastructure that Hamas has amassed."
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.