In responding to High Court of Justice petition calling for the operation to be declared a war, the State Attorney claimed Tuesday that the petition must be rejected outright for two main reasons.
The State said the petition does not provide a sufficient cause for the court to order the government to announce the declaration of war – a widely-shared opinion in the coalition on every foreign and defense policy in general, and the declaration of war in particular.
The State Attorney also claimed that the fundamental assumption underlying the basis of the petition – which said "the necessity of declaring the start of war is a social and financial need of the highest order" – was mistaken.
"The declaration of war in and of itself does not necessarily guarantee compensation or financial aid to citizens harmed by the conflict," wrote the State Attorney in the response.
In other words, by refusing to say it was a war, Israel does not have to pay their own citizens who were harmed by falling Iron Dome rockets.