Defense minister Ehud Barak pointing 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Harmoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak laid the cornerstone Tuesday for a new IDF site in
the Negev that will house its Teleprocessing Branch.
During the ceremony,
Barak said the installation should assist the military in dealing with
terrorist-related and criminal activity on the southern border, as well as
Barak added that he hoped the border fence with Egypt
would be complete within several months.
The base, which is the third of
four IDF projects in the Negev, will cost NIS 7 billion to build, out of a total
budget of NIS 25b. for southern projects.
“This is the first time that
the Teleprocessing Branch will enjoy a working environment suitable for the 21st
It’s especially useful for dealing with the cyber sphere, which
has become one of the most strategic arenas,” Barak said.
“I’m proud of
the fact that the IDF has very impressive achievements in this sphere, and that
Israel is at the forefront of the cyber world,” he added.
minister also continued an ongoing tit-for-tat exchange with former IDF chief of
(ret.) Gabi Ashkenazi, following the publication of a
draft state comptroller’s report this week that examined a vicious feud between
the two men.
Responding to comments by Ashkenazi on Monday that he and
his family were subject to an “attack campaign,” Barak said, “The ones who were
attacked... by a small group in the IDF leadership are the spirit of the IDF,
the values of truth, and command norms.
Israeli democracy was attacked,
[as was] the sovereignty of the IDF and the subordination of the chief of
General Staff to the chosen defense minister.”
Barak said Maj.-Gen. Yoav
Galant, who had been a contender for the chief of staff post, was a victim of
the affair, as were senior officers Chico Tamir and Imad Fares, who were ejected
from the army due to disciplinary issues.
“They fell victim to the gap
between talk and action, a gap that must be removed,” Barak
Ashkenazi dismissed Fares, formerly commander of the Galilee
Division, in 2010 after the latter lent his IDF jeep to his wife, who then got
into a minor accident. In the official report, Fares said he had been driving
the vehicle at the time.