Israeli President Shimon Peres said that the killing of Palestinian civilians by air raids on Gaza presents a moral dilemma, but argued there is little alternative as long as the Islamist militants refuse to stop sustained rocket fire against Israel.
"There is a moral problem, but I don't have a moral answer to it," Peres said in an interview with the Associated Press.
"I don't see it already finished," Peres said of the proposed truce. "I think there is a division among (Hamas). The situation in Gaza is demanding, terrible, tragic."
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.