Hamas has accused Israel of continuing to target civilian areas which include hospitals and schools; however Israel points out that Hamas is launching its rockets from these areas thus using the civilians as "human shields."
So what happened to the cease-fire? It is clear that some people both inside Israel and inside Gaza simply do not want a cease-fire. CNN reported from Jerusalem and from Gaza City where citizens on both sides expressed desires for the conflict to continue. Some Israelis feel that the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) needs to complete its job and eliminate Hamas, while some Palestinians feel that Israel needs to be made to understand that the crisis will never truly end as long as they continue to "occupy their land."
Yesterday U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Israel in an attempt to broker a peace. She met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who said that Israel is committed to finding a diplomatic solution, but that as long as Hamas uses its rockets that is not an option and that he will use any force necessary to protect the Israeli people... even invasion.
A Hamas spokesperson Osama Hamdan, stated that the United States must take the lead in the peace process. He hopes that the Obama Administration can create at least a short-term cease-fire which would allow for negotiations.
This morning however there was a bus explosion in Tel Aviv, an act of pure terrorism - at this point it is unclear how many people were injured... but this escalation may push Israel closer to invasion.
P.S. If you think you have busy, here is Hillary Clinton's schedule for the past 24 hours.
1. Fly to Israel - go to West Bank
2. Meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
3. Travel to Jerusalem
4. Meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
5. Travel to Egypt
6. Meet with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi
(The meeting with Morsi is crucial to a cease-fire as the United States will not talk with Hamas as it is listed as a terrorist organization; thus Morsi will have to act as a go between for Clinton and Hamas leader Khaled Meshal)