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
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