IDF Stung by Government's New Budget, but a Bonus Looms on the Horizon

The budget cuts will be offset by a significant rise in future funding – a rise necessitated by the shifting strategic framework, the need for new technology and growing problems with filling the reserve officer posts.

It’s best to take with a grain of salt the complaints that will be voiced in the near future by the General Staff about the implications of the cuts included in the state budget passed this week. True, in the years ahead, the Israel Defense Forces will be required to dismiss 4,000 career soldiers ‏(while at the same time 1,000 new ones will enter the career army‏). The defense establishment will also...