I'll betcha this Hamas launching rockets from the Gaza strip is about Iran's atom bomb.
Ah, no. Hamas has been launching rockets into Israel for rather some time now.
Rockets have been launched from Gaza into Israel continually throughout 2012. There were 92 rockets attacks in October alone. Qassam rocket attacks took place on 4, 6 and 9 November. On 5 November, Israeli soldiers shot dead a 20-year-old Palestinian who ignored Israeli warning shots and neared the Gaza–Israel border fence. According to the Palestinians the man had learning difficulties. On the 5th of November a Palestinian road side bomb exploded and Israeli soldiers were injured. In response, on the 8th of November, the IDF made a short-range incursion into Gaza after finding more bombs along the border, leading to a gunfight with the Popular Resistance Committees. During the clash, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by the crossfire, some reports claim that Palestinian militants used him as a human shield. Later that day, Palestinian militants detonated an explosives-packed tunnel they had dug on the border, wounding four Israeli soldiers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Pillar_of_Cloud
On 10 November, militants fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF Jeep on routine patrol near Israel's side of the border, wounding four soldiers one of whom is in critical condition. The IDF shelled the source of the fire and pre-chosen targets in the Sa'ajiya area. Hamas spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that four teenagers were killed. Militants then fired at least 30 rockets and several mortars into Israel, prompting Israelis in the area to seek shelter.
The sides continued to exchange fire for several days after the incident. Militants fired more than 150 rockets, striking Israeli homes. Several Israelis were wounded, including two whose car was hit. Schools across southern Israel were closed. Israel carried out further airstrikes in Gaza, killing six militants.
In the days before the operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that "Israel's reaction will come at the appropriate time". However, following a cabinet meeting in the morning before the operation, Minister Benny Begin said that "the current exchange of hostilities seems to be over". These mixed messages; according to one Israeli analyst, the expected diplomatic repercussions from Egypt and the risks of a war on the eve of the Israeli elections are three factors designed to foster a laissez-faire atmosphere for Gaza's Palestinian leaders.[vague]
On 12 November, Hamas and PIJ officials indicated a willingness to discuss a ceasefire. A PIJ spokesman said, "The ball is in Israel's court. The resistance factions will observe Israel's behavior on the ground and will act accordingly." However, both Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad continued firing rockets into civilian areas in Israel. Two rockets were fired into Israel during the day. Israel asked the UN Security Council to berate the rocket attacks, with Barak saying that Israel "would not accept the harm to daily life of our civilians".
The operation began about 16h (Israel time) with an airstrike targeting Ahmed Jabari, chief of Hamas's military wing. Osama Hamdan, a Hamas representative in Lebanon, said the airstrike also killed Jabari's son. The IDF released a video of this airstrike. This was followed by Israeli strikes against 20 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, including underground rocket launchers and an ammunition warehouse stocking Iranian-made, long-range Fajr-5 missiles. The IDF said that many of the targeted weapon stashes were in residential areas and evidenced "the pattern of Hamas to use the population in Gaza as human shields."
The IDF made widespread use of Twitter and a liveblog to give an up-to-date account of its operations. The military wing of Hamas also made use of Twitter, publicising its rocket and mortar attacks and tweeting when Israeli casualties were reported. Foreign Policy magazine labeled this effort a "milestone in military communications." The IDF's Twitter account gained more than 50,000 new followers in 24 hours.
Hamas were accused of using pictures of children that have been injured or killed in Syria and presenting them in the social media as Palestinian dead. One of its tweets about the Israeli strikes contained a picture of a dead girl that previously been posted on the Syrians & Friends Facebook page in October. Another photo of explosions that was uploaded to the Facebook page affiliated with Hamas appeared to be digitally altered. There were suggestions that a Gazan man had feigned injury, being seen carried by Palestinians in apparent discomfort, and yet moments later walking on his own