A Hamas spokesman has said that Israel's ground invasion of Gaza is "foolish" and will have "dreadful consequences".
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said: "It does not scare the Hamas leaders or the Palestinian people.
"We warn (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu of the dreadful consequences of such a foolish act."
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.