Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has requested a significant unplanned increase to the defence budget, citing dramatic changes in the region, including the Russian military presence in Syria and the proliferation of guided weaponry.
The 20 November request is a departure from the Gideon plan that the Ministry of Finance agreed in 2015, which was supposed to fix the defence budget for five years to allow long-term planning.
“When the agreement was signed between the Ministries of Defense and Finance a clause was inserted saying ‘this agreement will not be opened for negotiations unless an economic or defence-related change occurs, which will be defined by the ministries as major’,” Liberman said.
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