As Operation Protective edge enters its 15th day – and as the death toll on both sides continues to climb – Haaretz's analysts and columnists are continuing to provide incisive, quick and clear commentary.

On Haaretz.com today, Chemi Shalev explains why he hates Hamas, which he describes as "cruel, defiant, hate-filled terrorist group that has murdered hundreds, terrorized millions, undermined peace and infected Israeli society with its evil."

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And on a day when the Israel Defense Forces announced that more of its soldiers and officers have been killed in Gaza fighting, Anshel Pfeffer warns that, by entering Shujaiyeh – a densely populated neighborhood of Gaza City – the IDF is getting involved in a lethal game of cat-and-mouse with heavily armed terrorists, who aren't afraid to engage a much-better equipped army.

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Political commentator Yossi Verter, meanwhile, says that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may still have the backing of the Israeli public – but that, given that public opinion in Israel is notoriously fickle, he may not have a much time to bring the Gaza operation to a successful conclusion.

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Former Defense Minister Moshe Arens compares Hamas to the Duchy of Grand Fenwick – the fictional country that declared war on the United States in the Peter Sellers' movie 'The Mouse that Roared.' He adds, however, that what appears to be irrational behavior on the part of Hamas is part of a very logical – if mistaken – game plan.

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Finally, Amira Hass says that, after turning the Gaza Strip into an internment camp for 1.8 million Palestinians, Israel should not be surprised when they dig under the perimeter fence to attack us.

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