Israel's Government Starts Adding Up Cost of Gaza War

Pillar of Defense will add billions of new expenses to an already tight budget.

The direct military expenses of an operation like Pillar of Defense, combined with the loss of production and the price of repairing damage caused by rockets, come at a high cost to the economy. We can only hope that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took this into account when he issued the order last week to assassinate Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari.