Ya'alon briefs FADC for first time as defense minister

June 3, 2013 10:01

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon appeared before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday, briefing the panel for the first time since assuming his post in March.

Speaking at the opening of the briefing, Ya'alon stated that "the issue of defense is always existent, even if it does not make the headlines. Unfortunately this is an issue that will continue to keep us busy for many years to come."

Ya'alon's comments echoed those of FADC chairman MK Avigdor Liberman, who said that, while the focus in Israel has been on economic issues lately, "the question of our right to exist here peacefully and with security is the central question."

Liberman added that Israel was facing "the biggest security challenges we have faced since the state was founded."

Ya'alon was expected to touch on security concerns on the northern front, the defense budget and efforts to renew negotiations with the Palestinians during the briefing.

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