What Happened: Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have launched two airstrikes against Hamas targets after two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip against Israeli territory, The Times of Israel reported Nov. 27.
Why It Matters: The latest flare-up illustrates the reality of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas even though the group remained on the sidelines during recent violent exchanges between the IDF and Palestinian Islamic Jihad earlier in November.
Background: Hamas has sought to reach some agreement with the Israeli government while also maintaining its commitment to resistance against Israel's occupation and carving out a leadership role for itself within the Palestinian Authority.
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