TEL AVIV (Aug. 8)
Chief of Staff Gen. Mordechai Gur has warned that the scheduled cut of IL 1.4 billion in the Israel defense budget would hamper both the army’s development and deployment. In a weekend interview in Maariv, Gur declared that the “significant” cut would mean cuts in plans to purchase new weapons systems, training outlays, in the number of reservists called for active service, in food budgets and in incentives to soldiers to remain in service beyond the mandatory three years for all conscripts.
He said there was a possibility of having to cut the budget of the army broadcasting station, Israel’s only around-the-clock broadcast service which functions even when Kol Israel is on strike, which happens frequently. Gur said he felt the original budget had been too small.