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  7/31/2011, Tammuz 29, 5771

Gantz: We'll Accept Decisions, But Cuts will Hurt IDF

Chief-of-Staff Benny Gantz of the Israel Defense Forces said, on Sunday, that the IDF will accept whatever decision is made on its budget but that cuts will bring a definite reduction in the military's response capabilities.

Speaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee regarding the possibility of budget cuts in light of public pressure for more social spending, the lieutenant-general said regional instability and uncertainty made the threats against Israel more significant, and that the IDF could not give up preparedness or skills.