As much as I'd rather see a secular leadership in the Palestinian territories, Hamas adhered to the truce. Everyone in the world wanted a free and fair election, and that's what they got. The Palestinians who don't even have a state established have had more free and fair and quicker elections, i.e. Abbas for President, and the Parliament this year, than Iraq has. The irony of course, is that Iraq is already a country. Israel repeatedly assasinated, abducted, and arrested people from Hamas. Those launching Qassams were mostly from Islamic Jihad, or other Palestinian factions. Of course, Israel's "big whoops" when the artillery fire killed that Palestinian family on the Gaza beach was enough. Israel established Hamas to counter the PLO. Then this bit Israel in the butt. Israel won't have peace until it gets out of the 67 territories and gives a future Palestine contiguity and a chance to prosper.
from the article: Who started?