30,000 troops, volunteers and tribal fighters are taking part in the offensive on the city, held by Islamic State since last June.
Decision stems from ongoing lack of potable water in the Strip, and follows warnings in 2014 about potential for disease in both Gaza and Israel.
Five must-read pieces on Netanyahu's Congress speech
The day after Netanyahu's highly anticipated address to Congress, Haaretz analysts weigh in on potential ramifications of the speech on the Israeli election and impending Iran nuclear deal.
From street demonstrations to online campaigns, LGBT activists – and the issues that concern them – are playing a larger role in Israeli politics than ever before.