The Chinese foreign ministry has urged Palestine and Israel to return to the negotiating table and avoid any action that may escalate tensions. Speaking at a press conference, spokesman Qin Gang said:
The current Palestine-Israel conflict shows military forces cannot solve the problem, but only increase hostility and hatred, wreak more havoc on people, and delay the coming of peace. This conflict can only be resolved with peaceful means.
China is willing to work with all parties of the international society, and play an active and constructive role in the Israel-Palestine peace process.
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.