Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu started Monday morning's cabinet meeting by saying, "We met until late last night on the defense budget, and I decided to bring a decision to the cabinet and the government whose principle is moderation in the cut to the proposed defense budget, a moderation of a billion shekels that won't come at the public's expense."
Including a reference to the Iron Dome anti-missile defense, Netanyahu continued, "I want to make it clear that the Israel Defense Forces [IDF], its commanders, its soldiers, its weapons, are essential to the security of Israelis. Essential in defense and essential in offense. These are two central fronts. The offensive front is clear. The defensive front continues to expand to include the entire homefront, all of Israel. And therefore we need the IDF to continue in its program of streamlining but we need more Iron Domes."