Tony Blair has told ITV News there will be "no trust on either side between Hamas and Israel. That is not going to happen in the immediate term and possibly ever".
The former Prime Minister, now a Middle East peace envoy, went on to say the issue is if the international community, especially with the Egyptian government, "can create a circumstance to allow lasting peace" by opening Gaza back up and providing lasting security for Israel.
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.