On the map, the Middle East seems a world away. But for millions of people here in California, the explosion of violence between Israel and Hamas is about as close and personal as it gets. Israel is launching air strikes to halt a barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza aimed at Tel Aviv, Ashkelon, and Jerusalem. Hamas, furious over the blockade and targeted assassinations, is refusing to back down, and is now blaming Israel for mounting civilian deaths in Gaza. Our partners at CNN have provided special coverage.