by Henry Hullah
After the cataclysmic conflict between Israel and Gaza-based militants, some hope came today with an Egypt-brokered peace deal.
Christiane Amanpour asked the British Ambassador to the United Nations Mark Lyall Grant if he was hopeful.
"This is very good news, but we've seen truces before." he told her, "Just a ceasefire, if it gets back to the status quo, is not going to provide a long-term solution to the crisis."
"We need something that is: A) sustainable, and B) acts as a bridge to serious status negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel."
"We have to move on from this cyclical crisis to something that is more sustainable."
'There is a lot of evidence of collusion of ISIS and the Syrian regime'
The other great challenge for the Middle East and the world is the militant extremist group ISIS, which controls swathes of Iraq and Syria.
In the UK, fears are growing of radicalized youth going to Iraq and returning with a vendetta against their own country.
Amanpour asked what is Great Britain doing, and what should it be doing, to stop the flow?
"The main focus needs to be preventing people leaving the United Kingdom to go and fight so-called jihad in Syria or Iraq, and there the government has done a number of things."
"It can take away passports, it can take down radical extremist internet sites that are recruiting, it can work with the imams in the mosques who may be inciting and radicalizing Muslim youth in the United Kingdom."
"When they come back there are some challenges," said the diplomat. "Does one take their passports and prevent them from coming back in to the country, and make them stateless? Obviously that has legal connotations and is very difficult."
"The Government is looking at all the options of finding a way of preventing further radicalization of British Muslim youth but also protecting ourselves from potential terrorist threats from youth that is already radicalized and may be returning to the UK from these areas."
As the situation grows more desperate would western nations turn to a man they have condemned - would they work with President Bashar al-Assad?
"No," said Grant. "The reality is that Assad is very largely the cause of the problem, he is certainly not the solution to the problem. There is a lot of evidence of collusion of ISIS and the Syrian regime. The Syrian regime has been pleased to see ISIS build up its strength in Syria because it has been able to attack mainly the more moderate opposition."
"This is a monster that the Frankenstein of Assad has largely created, so he is certainly not the solution to this problem."