Military Budget Cuts Begin With Big Spenders at the Top

Back in 1952, David Ben-Gurion dumped the Israel Defense Forces’ chief of staff. Benjamin Netanyahu ought to consider something similar.

The year 1952 was one of the toughest in Israeli history. The economy was bad and the army couldn’t prevent attacks by fedayeen guerrillas on civilians. There wasn’t even enough foreign currency to buy food or fuel. So Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion concluded that the defense budget had to be cut by 10 percent.