Israel’s cabinet approved the 2015 budget today, allotting a one-time payment of 4.3 billion shekels ($1.2 billion) to the Defense Ministry to develop “tools” deemed necessary after the last conflict with Hamas.
A statement from the Finance Ministry on the 328 billion shekel budget that also gave additional funds for education, health and welfare didn’t elaborate on how the extra defense money would be used.
Israel and Hamas fought a 50-day conflict that destroyed thousands of homes in the Gaza Strip and killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 70 Israelis before an Aug. 26 cease-fire. Hamas and other Gaza militants have fired some 11,000 rockets and mortars at Israel since 2005, according to Israeli army data. A tunnel network Palestinian militants burrowed under the border to attack Israel was crippled in the fighting. […]