Officials from Israel’s Ministries of Defence and Finance reached a new budget agreement on 11 January, describing it as a key milestone that paves the way for the implementation of the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF’s) multiyear ‘Gideon’ plan.

Finalised after lengthy budget feuds between the ministries, the deal means the Ministry of Defense (MoD) will receive ILS59.1 billion (USD15 billion) annually from 2016 to 2020, although ILS3 billion will be only transferred if the MoD meets stipulated efficiency reforms.

Major General (reserve) Dan Harel, the director-general of the MoD, told reporters in Tel Aviv that the arrangement will allow him to plan ahead for the first time in years, adding that until now, he has “been trying to run the ministry without a budget”. […]