But somewhere along the line I have trouble understanding why Hamas are so stupid.
Don't they understand that the Israelis are a modern military force with serious weaponry and are backed by the West?
In the current conflict, 53 Israeli soldiers have been killed - and 3 civilians.
At least 1250 Palestinians have died - nearly all civilians.
Even Hamas must be able to see the internet images of Jews enjoying a picnic in the hills watching the firework display as Gaza is bombed to bits?
Surely Hamas should be able to come up with better tactics than firing a few roman candles over the wall or digging tunnels that lead to an open and exposed plain?
If they are able to smuggle those rockets through the blockade into Gaza, they shouldn't have much of a problem (relatively) in taking out a few Israeli cities by poisoning the water supply or blowing up a few power plants. So why walk into the trap that is Gaza and condemn thousands of their own women and children to an inevitable death?