Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the country's military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, according to Reuters.
"The prime minister and defence minister have instructed the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) to begin a ground operation tonight in order to hit the terror tunnels from Gaza into Israel," the statement said.
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.