$100 Million Marked for IDF Redeployment

Finance Minister Avraham Shohat has approved the first $100 million in funding for redeployment of the Israel Defense Force from Arab population centers in the West Bank.

Shohat met last Friday with David Ivry, Defense Ministry director general, and Maj. Gen. Matan Vilnai, deputy chief of staff, to discuss the Defense Ministry’s request for an additional $333 million for redeployment.

About two-thirds of the approved sum will be spent immediately to finance relocation of three training camps in the territories and for the construction of bypass roads.

Money also is needed for security arrangements and for the relocation of police stations, defense estimates showed.

Shohat said general reserves from the state budget would cover the additional costs for the withdrawal and that it could be done “without shock to the economy.”

On Sunday, $20 million for the redeployment of IDF troops along the Jordanian border was approved.

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