Israel has approved the Egyptian-proposed Gaza ceasefire, minutes before the truce was due to come into effect, Israeli officials have announced.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet had gathered to vote on the proposal at Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv.
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.