idf tank 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
NEW YORK – If success is reached in pursuing an Israeli-Palestinian peace,
significantly larger defense expenditures will be required on Israel’s part to
bolster and safeguard that peace, Israeli government officials said
Noting that the country’s defense expenditures constituted a
significant economic burden, the officials said defense expenditures would
increase under any circumstances, whether or not there was peace in the coming
“The idea that any time in the coming years, Israel could
drastically slash its defense expenditures – that’s a myth,” a government
official said. “Unfortunately, we will have to continue to increase our defense
Even in the event that the peace process succeeds and a
historic deal is reached with the Palestinians, the official continued, “any
territorial concession by Israel will require them to be augmented by security
arrangements which could compel significant expenditures.”
From the point
of view of long-term government planning, officials said, the presumption of the
defense burden would remain.
“This does not mean that we’re not
interested in making peace,” one official said emphatically. “It’s just
challenging the illusion that with peace, there’s a better deal in this
As a result, Israel will likely continue to work with the United
States in terms of financial and military cooperation and support, even in a
climate of peace.
“The Congress generally gives that support every year,
and the assumption is that because of all the challenges out there, Israel will
require that continued support,” an official said.