With Budget Cuts, The IDF Is Taking A Calculated Risk With Israel’s Security


idfAuthorization of the IDF’s multiyear budget was postponed twice, first because of the protest movement in Israel and then because of the early general election. The new multi-year plan, called “Te’uzah” (daring, valor), will be submitted to the security cabinet and the full government for approval soon. The IDF sees a regional window of opportunity of two to three years in which it will be able to initiate relatively extensive changes in the structure of the forces and in their manner of implementation.

Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, his former deputy, Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh, and the current deputy, Maj. Gen. Gazi Eizenkot, coordinated the planning of the budget over the past year. However, the cuts struck the reform plans more quickly and more deeply than the General Staff expected. The IDF now has to cut NIS 1.5 billion from the defense budget by the end of this year and another NIS 3 billion in 2014. Read more at Haaretz.

{Matzav.com Israel}