Defense Spending on Staff Exceeds Entire Israeli Welfare Budget

Money spent on salary-related expenditure hit record high of NIS 18.6 billion in 2013, with the pension budget soaring 50% in three years.

The portion of the defense budget allocated for salaries, pensions, rehabilitation and payments to families is hitting a record high of NIS 18.6 billion this year - that's more than the total Public Security Ministry budget, Israel's higher education budget and the entire Social Affairs Ministry budget.