Cabinet Approves $560 Million Civilian Budget Cut to Help Fund Protective Edge

IDF will get most of the savings in first salvo of emerging battle over defense spending for 2014 and 2015.

Meeting in the tiny communal settlement of Bat Hadar between Ashkelon and the Gaza Strip, the cabinet on Sunday approved 2 billion shekels ($560 million) in across-the-board civilian budget cuts to help pay for the cost of Operation Protective Edge.