A senior Israeli government official warned that Israel would strike Gaza harder if Hamas does not accept the Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire today.
The official said the military would step up its campaign, which has claimed the lives of 192 Palestinians, in Gaza.
As you know, the Cabinet has accepted the Egyptian proposal. If Hamas rejects it, Israel will continue and intensify its operations and Hamas will find itself totally isolated, including in the Arab world, which supports the proposal.
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.