Treasury Now Starts Wrestling With the Bill for Protective Edge

Israeli military seeking more than $5 billion over two years at a time when budget is already overstretched.

Even as the fighting in the Gaza Strip was still simmering, the Defense Ministry last week handed the treasury the bill for Operation Protective Edge and other spending requests. All in all, it amounts to a whopping 18 billion shekels ($5.2 billion) over this year and next.