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  9/26/2011, Elul 27, 5771

Defense Officials: Treasury 'Using' Trachtenberg


Officials in the defense establishment complained that the reduction in the defense budget recommended by the Trachtenberg Committee report clashed with the recommendations of the Brodet Panel, which had suggested the minimum needs for Israeli defense after the Second Lebanon War. The Brodet report had specified a budget for the Defense Ministry for at least a decade, to ensure that the nation's defenses were up to par.

One source in the Defense Ministry said that “the Treasury managed to avoid increasing the budget, to increase taxes, and to cut the defense budget using this report. These were goals that the Treasury has spoken about for a long time before the protests began and the Trachtenberg Committee. This gives us the feeling that they are using the report to damage the Defense Ministry's budget,” the source said.