IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz announced Monday that all training exercises for reserve soldiers would be cancelled until the end of 2014.

The announcement came amid an ongoing dispute between the defense establishment and the Finance Ministry over the defense budget.

“The reserves will cease training for a year, in order to give top priority in training to regular service,” Gantz said at a ceremony for outstanding reservists at Gelilot army base north of Tel Aviv. […]