The Iranian Mullah-controlled, autocratic government is feeling the heat from the wave of democratic uprisings across the Middle East. Iranian government forces have gunned down protesters in the streets of Tehran, suppressing revolt for the moment, but as the death-knolls of the Gaddafi dictatorship in Libya are proving, even a violent, ruthless government can not contain the democratic aspirations of an entire country's citizens.
Supreme Ayatollah Khamenei and Mahmood Ahmadinejad, the actual and figurative Iranian leaders, sensing that Iran's dictatorship may be the next domino to fall in democratic revolt are looking for a way of distracting their population from domestic affairs, and hope to stoke a new war between Israel and its neighbours.
Hamas, Iran's client and proxy in Gaza, under orders from Iran has launched Grad missiles at the Israeli town of Be'er Sheva. Iran hopes to provoke a conflict that will escalate into a pretext for the dictatorship to continue to exercise its stranglehold on freedom in that country.
Iran has been arming its other Mediterranean proxy, Hezbollah, with tens of thousands of missiles in preparation for an attack on Israel from the north.
Iran had planned on using its proxies to provoke a conflict with Israel to serve as a distraction from the Iranian nuclear arms program, but in fear of the pro-democracy movement sweeping the region, they have had to advance their strategy sooner than expected to protect their totalitarian rule.