Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Britain stands ready to provide whatever support it can to end the Gaza crisis.
He said Israel has a right to defend itself from rocket but called for 'immediate action' to be taken to reach a ceasefire with Hamas.
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.