President Barack Obama has said that he was "encouraged" by Egypt's proposal for a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians - siding with Israel against what he called "inexcusable attacks."
He said: "We are encouraged that Egypt has made a proposal to accomplish this goal which we hope can restore a calm that we've been seeking.
"More broadly, the situation in Gaza reminds us again that the status quo is unsustainable and the only path to true security is a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians," he said.
Obama's comments came as he presided over an annual Iftar dinner at the White House to celebrate Ramadan.
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.