"The budgetary situation is not simple; it's a crisis" Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday.
"We will have to manage the budget while taking calculated risks, while it is clear that the years 2013 and 2014 will be very difficult. We will have to try to fill the gaps [caused by training cuts]," he said.
MK Nachman Shai (Labor) praised the IDF's decision to cut reserve training, as opposed to funding for regular soldiers, calling it "measured and balanced."
"The need to cut the budget puts the IDF in an impossible situation. THis decision creates a long-term problem, but at the moment, it is the only way," Shai stated. "The State of Israel and the IDF are taking a calculated risk."
At the same time, Shai pointed out that instability in the Middle East could create new situations in which the IDF will have to change its plans yet again and ignore the difficult budget cut.