The Israeli government has insisted that its military was aiming for a legitimate target near to the four boys who were killed earlier today on a Gaza beach.
ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray tweeted:
On gaza beach killing, Israeli govt tells me it was definitely aiming for a legitimate target in 'proximity' to the boys
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.