There have been mixed messages from Israel about whether the assault on Gaza could soon end or be stepped up. Some analysts believe the deadline could be next Tuesday’s inauguration of Barack Obama, after which Israel may be reluctant to test the new US President’s support for their increasingly criticised campaign.
One Israeli soldier in Gaza said: “I’m against a ceasefire. We have to finish the job.” Another said: “All of us are hoping for a true ceasefire so we don’t have to return here in a few months. We want to finish this and return home safe and sound, and then to be sure this is finished for a good few years.” Some more Palestinian rockets have today hit the southern Israeli town of Sderot, close to the border with Gaza, causing no injuries.