The Knesset Finance Committee temporarily rejected on Monday a request from the defense and finance ministries to approve an extra-budgetary infusion to the 2014 defense budget, demanding additional details on the source of the money to be transferred.
The increase was unanimously approved by the cabinet in October, and needs to pass the Finance Committee to go into effect. The extra NIS 2.79 billion ($780 million)would end a standoff between the finance and defense ministries over cuts to the defense budget.
Finance Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home) said Monday that he was told the extra funds would come from a tax surplus, not from cuts in welfare and social services; however, the cash was actually being drawn from the budgets of other ministries, Globes reported. […]