One of the most awful aspects of this situation is the strong element of Catch 22.
Put basically, Isreal attack Gaza because Hamas have been attacking Israel, firing rockets daily across the border. By invading Gaza, Israel has put themselves in danger of driving international opinion against them and yet a response is needed from them given the intense bullying and provocation they have recieved.
In turn the attacks on Hamas can bring sympathy, but of course it doesn't help when they make it clear that they are not interested in peace with Israel, and then there is the fact that this is the sort of situation that is food and drink for the extremists.
We need a ceasefire and we need international mediation and fast. Hopefully the French/Egyptian plan will secure that!