Daily Israel Report
13:49
Reported

News Brief

  6/3/2013, Sivan 25, 5773

Defense Minister: We're Preparing for a Difficult 2014


Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Monday, that his ministry's portion of recently-enacted budget cuts will translate to operational and training cuts and that regular soldiers will have to more things due to cuts in funding for reserves. Delivering his first overall review as defense minister, he said the short-term cuts must have long-term responses and "We're preparing for a very difficult year in 2014." Ya'alon added that, subject to funding, the Iron Dome anti-missile system will be what Israel uses. He said Israel would not get involved in the Syrian civil war as long as it didn't hurt Israeli interests, including the transfer of advanced weapons - missiles or chemical weapons - to Hizbullah.

Regarding what has been called equal burden of service, Ya'alon said he would like to see all soldiers, without exception, serve three years, even if that meant shorter active duty in the case of hesder yeshiva soldiers. While he wanted Arabs and hareidi-religious Jews to engage in some kind of national civilian or military service, he expressed his opposition on forcing said service on any given community.