The ongoing budget feud raging between the Defense and Finance Ministries over the 2015 budget escalated further on Monday, when a defense official disclosed that the IDF is preparing to significantly scale back vital operations – and stop all training – from June onwards.

From next month, operational air force flights will be scaled back, and all training for Ground Forces, the Israel Navy, and the Israel Air Force will end. Defense acquisitions will be frozen, and all reserve duty will remain canceled, sources warned.

“We’re going down to the lowest level, one of basic existence,” one source warned. […]