Hamas leader Ismail Haniya has given a speech "all but confirming a ceasefire," ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports from Israel:
Hamas leader Ismail habita speaking now: we want the war to stop, but the reality of Gaza is that it is under siege. Nearly confirmation....
This is sounding very much like the speech you would expect him to make before a ceasefire. Victory is near, he says
In short Haniya has praised his fighters and said victory is close. Blames Israel for the conflict. All but confirms 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.