Monday, January 9, 2012

Israel to hike defence budget by $700m

Israel will increase its defense budget by more than $700 million in the face of deepening regional instability. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that given the recent dramatic changes in the Middle East, including Arab Spring, government changes in Israel's former ally Egypt and growing fears over Iran's nuclear programme, it would be a mistake to cut the defense budget.

A panel formed last year in response to protests over the cost of living in Israel had recommended that defense spending be cut to finance a series of social programmes without increasing the deficit.

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