Shopping Spree Won't Fix the IDF's Deficits

The fighting in Gaza revealed a large and worrying gap between what the army had prepared for and the enemy it actually encountered.

The 72-hour cease-fire with Hamas has given the Israel Defense Forces time to look ahead – to the upcoming battle over the defense budget. In a conversation with journalists yesterday, a senior General Staff officer presented two demands drafted during the fighting in Gaza. First, the army wants a budget increase of billions of shekels, both to cover the costs of the war and to...