Will the defense budget be another victim of the housing protests?

03.08.2011                      03.Aw-Elul, 5771

Militärausgaben:

Will the defense budget be another victim of the housing protests?

Israel Defense Forces senior ranks understand that their lobbying for increasing next year's defense budget may fail in wake of the social protests sweeping Israel.

The social protests currently sweeping Israel will most probably foil the Israel Defense Forces’ plan to increase the defense budget for next year. If the protest movement intensifies, it may even lead to a reduction in the IDF’s budget.
Until the tent protests arrived on Rothschild Boulevard, it seemed as if the wind was blowing in another direction. Since the Second Lebanon War, Israel’s security forces have been in disagreement with the treasury over the implementation of the conclusions of the commission that looked at the IDF’s budget after the end of the war. The IDF was steadfast about the sections of the document which highlighted the gap between the needs of the security forces, and the actual size of its budget. The treasury, on the other hand, chose to emphasize the gap between the IDF’s commitment to streamlining, and what it had done to achieve this in practice….