The UN Security Council has called for a ceasefire between Palestinians and Israelis and expressed serious concern about the welfare and protection of civilians on both sides.
In a statement, the 15 member body said: "The Security Council members called for de-escalation of the situation, restoration of calm, and reinstitution of the November 2012 ceasefire."
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.