Mofaz: Defense budget increase is killing social justice

December 28, 2011 15:07


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The Trajtenberg Report has been effectively buried, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz (Kadima) said after his committee and the Knesset Finance Committee authorized a NIS 1.67 billion addition to the defense budget on Monday.

Most of the additional funds were redirected from budgetary surpluses of other government offices, such as the Welfare Ministry and Immigrant Absorption Ministry.

All coalition MKs voted for the increase, while Mofaz and MK Meir Sheetrit (Kadima) opposed, hours after the government approved it with six ministers voting against the addition.

According to Mofaz, this is the first time the joint committee on the defense budget was asked to approve such a large sum so close to the December 31 deadline.

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