Gabi Ashkenazi: Israel must not cut defense budget

January 26, 2012 16:21

Former IDF chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said Thursday that Israel must not cut the defense budget in light of the present threats in the Middle East, Army Radio reported.

Speaking in Tel Aviv, Ashkenazi also said that "we must act below the radar, with crippling sanctions, and with a viable military option at the ready," according to Army Radio. He added that dismissing the military option a priori would only help Iran.

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