Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has attacked more than 1,000 targets during a four-day military offensive against Gaza militants and that "there are still more to go".
The Israeli prime minister said the military was using twice the force it employed during a similar offensive in 2012.
He also would not rule out the possibility of expanding the campaign of mostly aerial attacks into a ground war in Gaza, answering when asked whether such a move was possible that "we are weighing all possibilities and preparing for all possibilities."
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.