A defiant Israeli prime minister says the offensive on Gaza will continue as long as it takes. Benjamin Netanyahu said the Israeli army has destroyed thousands of what he described as terror targets.

The Israeli army carried out further air strike against the occupied strip. Many Palestinians were killed and a UN-run school was targeted.

As the Israeli offensive continues, diplomatic efforts to reach a ceasefire have hit a wall. Israel shunned ceasefire talks that were expected to be held in Cairo. Delegations from Palestinian groups are already in Cairo.

US deputy secretary of state Bill Burns and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair had also flown to Cairo for negotiations.

Truce talks would include Hamas' demand that Egypt ease movement across its border with Gaza. Israel on Saturday accused Palestinian groups of what it said was misleading international mediators.

So, is diplomacy failing? And what is next for the warring sides?

Presenter: Hazem Sika


Husam Zumlot, deputy commissioner for Fatah.

Yishai Fleisher, a radio host at Voice of Israel and columnist at Jerusalem Post magazine.

Source: Al Jazeera