Cutting the funding of emergency kits could save around 300 million shekels a year but will likely lead to hundreds of layoffs at production facilities.
Amos Harel is one of Israel's leading media experts on military and defense issues. He has been the military correspondent and defense analyst for Haaretz for the last 12 years. In this role, he has written extensively about Israel's ongoing fight against terrorist organizations, its battles during the Palestinian Intifadah (uprising) and the last war in Lebanon.
Prior to his current position, Harel, 41, spent four years as night editor for the Haaretz Hebrew print edition, and from 1999-2005 was the anchorman on a weekly Army Radio program about defense issues. He also frequently appears in the Israeli and foreign media as a military pundit.
Along with Avi Issacharoff, Harel co-wrote "The Seventh War: How we won and why we lost the war with the Palestinians", a 2004 book about the second Intifadah. The book- a best-seller in Israel - has been translated into French and Arabic, and won the prestigious Chechic award in 2005, for outstanding security research.
Harel and Issacharoff's second book, "34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah and the War in Lebanon", about the war of 2006 was published in Hebrew in January 2008, and also became a best-seller. It was published in English, by Palgrave-Macmillan Books, in April 2008. "34 Days" also won the Chechic award in 2009.
Harel is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, with a bachelor's degree in Law. He is married with three children and lives in Hod Hasharon, in central Israel.
Main dispute over enforcement, with Yesh Atid pressing for criminal penalties as early as 2017.
Even though Israel's military believes Sunni jihadists could be behind Sunday's rocket attack, Netanyahu blames Hezbollah.
Israeli military intelligence analysts warn of more instability and uncertainty, but say that the evolving situation in Iran could offer opportunities as well as danger.
Gaza’s leaders don’t seem eager to prolong the confrontation with Israel, but the regime is using its time wisely to produce rockets capable of hitting Tel Aviv.
The deadly exchange on Tuesday was set off by the killings on Friday of Palestinians whom IDF says were out to plant bombs on border; there’s a chance Hamas will try to use the tools available to it to prevent further incidents over the next few days.
Over 54 percent of defense spending in the coming year will be on various human resource items – an all-time high.
Reports the U.S. was eavesdropping on Israel too hardly shocked Jerusalem: We, better than most Western nations, understand the rules thrust into view by Edward Snowden.
The organization's new leadership has coalesced in Gaza and its branch in the West Bank has been reinvigorated, exacting a price from Israel while undermining the Palestinian Authority.
Small number of tunnels between Gaza and Sinai still operational, despite hundreds destroyed by Egypt.