Barak: Finance ministry jeopardizing IDF military planning

February 20, 2012 17:44

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Monday warned that IDF military planning could suffer due to the Finance Ministry's failure to agree on a draft of the defense budget.

Speaking during a meeting of his Independence Party, Israel Radio quoted Barak as saying that while the defense budget is sizable, the percentage of the total budget that defense accounts for has decreased.

Barak added that the defense establishment will continue to become more efficient and supports transparency. However, Barak voiced his opposition to "Treasury clerks or the finance minister taking the IDF chief of Staff's place as a decision maker."

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