It was revealed at a Monday meeting of senior officers that the Israel Police have a budget deficit of 700 million shekels, according to a Tuesday morning report by Israel Defense Forces Radio. There is concern about payment of salaries, and suppliers of food and fuel have threatened to cut the department off if it does not pay its debts. The police cited the Treasury for not making promised budget transfers.
Former police chief Moshe Karadi said the police budget has been one of survival and not of development for years. He added that the upcoming budget year would be tough for the police, noting increased demands, including dealing with the problem of infiltration, and concluded that the force must be made a national priority.