But intermittent fire punctured the lull in fighting and neither Israel nor Hamas have indicated a willingness to discuss a lasting cease-fire.
A specific threat prompted a move of US personnel to Islamabad. The Pakistani government is also on high alert.
While the Eid festival following Ramadan is better known, Eid al-Adha is more significant to the Muslim calendar.
According to news reports, Britain and Germany are providing intelligence to Syrian rebels and looking the other way as Gulf countries provide rebels with heavy weapons.