The defense budget will grow in the coming year, contrary to the stated intention of the government.

Budgetary supplements approved yesterday by the Knesset Finance Committee cancel out the planned cuts for 2014. With the addition of various other supplements that the defense establishment is to receive in the coming months, its budget will grow by a few hundred million shekels over the previous year.

Much of the budget will be spent on human resources (salaries, pensions and payments to handicapped veterans, war widows and orphans), which will reach more than 54 percent of defense spending in the coming year – an all-time high. […]