Israel army chief refuses cuts to military budget

The Israeli army Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi has categorically rejected the Ministry of Defence's budget cuts. "The IDF [army] has many tasks. To win the war – we are developing methods that we enjoy the fruits of. The State of Israel must and will continue to ensure the power of the IDF. In the quality of the servants first and foremost, and secondly in reasonable budgets … It is impossible to do all this without money," he said. "The military is expensive, and it is only getting more expensive over the years. A more expensive tank, a much more expensive plane. And yet – and rightly so – in 1981, 31 per cent of the budget was security. A […]

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