Smotrich, Netanyahu, Gallant, Halevi and their teams
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi on Wednesday night announced that, following in-depth work, a multi-year plan for the defense establishment, to be included within the state budget, has been agreed upon.

The agreement will regulate issues related to mandatory service, the strengthening and arming of the Israel Defense Forces, the permanent service model, the salary of permanent personnel as well as pensions, the statement said.

This is the first multi-year plan since 2015 and it will allow the IDF and the State of Israel to prepare for the expected challenges in the coming years.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, "This is an important achievement for Israel's security and Israel's economy, a multi-year plan that will strengthen the IDF and ensure stability and strengthening of the Israel Defense Forces. I congratulate the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Defense, the Chief of Staff and their teams."

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said, "The first task of the Israeli government is to look after the security of the citizens of Israel and that is what stood before my eyes in the budget discussions with the Ministry of Defense. The multi-year plan is great news for the IDF, the Ministry of Defense and the State of Israel. The plan will enable, with G-d's help, the Israel Defense Forces to maintain the resilience and strength of the State of Israel and prepare for the various security challenges.I thank the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, the Chief of Staff, the Director General of the Ministry of Defense and the Head of the Budget Division at the Ministry of Finance and his deputies for the lengthy responsible and professional work that led to the agreement tonight."

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant added, "I welcome the agreement on the multi-year budget that enables the promotion of security in a period of many challenges and risks. The budget will allow the IDF and the Ministry of Defense to prepare for the threats we face and preserve the quality manpower we need. I congratulate the Chief of Staff and the CEO of the Defense Ministry and thank the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance for the partnership."

Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi said, "The budget that was agreed upon will allow the IDF to plan and implement a multi-year plan which is adapted to the security challenges in the coming years, alongside the ability to retain quality personnel."