The Israel Defence Force (IDF) has said it was preparing to send 18,000 reservists into Gaza as the country instructed its military to begin a ground invasion of the area.
Following the approval of the government of Israel, the IDF will call up an additional 18,000 reservists.
From the Field: Our soldiers preparing to enter Gaza. The whole nation stands behind them. http://t.co/qQw3Uzjhrt
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.