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As Israel's military prepares to counter an expected surge of violence over the Palestinians' bid for statehood, growing tension with peace partner Egypt and another war with Hezbollah, pressure grows for slashing the defense budget to boost social spending.
The Jerusalem Post quoted an unidentified "senior source on the General Staff" as warning that the military "will collapse in five years, and possibly earlier," if the 2012 defense budget is cut.
"It will be a different military since we will not be able to provide missile defense systems, to buy more fighter jets, to buy more tanks and ammunition if the budget is cut."
There were reports that a committee headed by Professor Manuel Trajtenberg appointed by the government to find ways to implement socio-economic change, had recommended lopping $809.9 million off the defense budget.
If that's the case, the 2012 defense budget would be cut to around $6.5 billion, out of the $13.62 billion that usually goes to the military, including little-known supplementary allocations.
The Defense Ministry budget for 2011 stands at some NIS 56 billion ($16 billion)
Originally posted by BRAVO949
Something gives me the feeling that for every dollar Israel cuts US taxpayers will be forced to make up the difference probably two or three times more.
"In effect, there are two sets of books," said the Globes business daily. "It is impossible to monitor and control the budget activity of the Ministry of Defense and the armed forces… This practice occurs at no other ministry."
Originally posted by bluemirage5
reply to post by BRAVO949
Lets find out how many Iraqis, Afghanis and Libyans it cost to kill funded by the American tax payer. Just in Iraq and Afghanistan alone the number of Iraqi & Afghani deaths are beyond 2 million. Actual count of Libyans still unknown. THEN lets also add the number of military that came home in body bags.....and then we could also count the number of Iraqi and American children born with serious birth defects since the first Gulf War to today......
was it worth it?
The number of deaths of Palestinian Arabs by the IDF since 1948 compared the the deaths of Iraqis and Afghanis by American military in the past 10 years does'nt even come remotely close. Of course, none of us are counting how many Palestinians have been killed by Hamas or Fatah, and no one bothered to check how many Palestinian Arabs were slaughtered by King Hussein of Jordan when he was alive. All in all, Arabs who kill Arabs and Americans who kill Arabs is ok but when Israel kill Arabs thats a whole different ball game, right?
OP what is your nation of origin? I only ask because after reading your threads ( wow you certainly start a lot! ) I realized English is not your first language. I would love to hear about where you are from!
Also, I feel that your math may be a little off... it happens. If you have a good computer they usually come with a program ( called calculator ) that I have found helps a lot when trying to figure out those pesky numbers.
Just be careful of facts and statistics when starting a thread, those things can make you look silly if you ignore them!
It makes me sad that you never comment in threads outside of you own. .
I suppose that is to be expected because you are so important.