Security Cabinet to Weigh Defining Gaza as 'Enemy Territory'

Cabinet to discuss the next moves in Operation Protective Edge, as it embarks on its thirty-fourth day.

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Israeli airstrikes in Gaza resume after Hamas
Israeli airstrikes in Gaza resume after Hamas

The Security Cabinet will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday to discuss developments in Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, now in its thirty-fourth day. 

According to Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, the ministers will seek to define Gaza as enemy territory - a move which would see Israel stripped of responsibility for damage to civilian areas and casualties. 

Similar calls have been made to declare the Operation a full-fledged "war," which would see greater budgetary allotment for the self-defense mission and see Israelis compensated for their losses.  

Meanwhile, the security cabinet will discuss the security situation in the south and nationwide, as well as two proposals - one to establish a funding and assistance program for veterans of Protective Edge, and one to launch a special rebuilding project for Gaza belt communities under heavy fire. 

The latter project, if passed, would see a total of 13.5 million shekels ($3.8 million) spent on strengthening and building protected spaces and community centers in Gaza Belt towns by 2016.

IDF officials have hinted since ground forces pulled out of Gaza last week that they are not planning on renewing the ground offensive, even if the operation continues. 

However, Communications Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) refuted this on Saturday night, saying that the possibility of an even larger ground offensive is being weighed by all sides. 

Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Perry (Yesh Atid) has warned of being "dragged into a war of attrition," referring to the military practice of wearing down the enemy gradually with small losses in man- and firepower.