Israel has said it is 'keeping its options open' for a possible ground offensive into densely populated Gaza despite international pressure to negotiate a ceasefire in the conflict.
This comes after the deadliest day of fighting in which 18 people were killed in one attack.
So far Israel's offensive has killed 145 Palestinians. Gaza medical officials said this included at least 82 civilians, 25 of whom were children.
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.