US President Barack Obama has reiterated his support for Egypt's attempt to reach a cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians, to stop more deadly clashes.
"The Israeli people and the Palestinian people don't want to live like this," he said.
He said he would continue to encourage a diplomatic outcome.
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.