IDF lone soldiers 521.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Each IDF branch has a book with the list of weapons, ammunition, gear
and military platforms it would like to buy which it pulls out every
year ahead of budget discussions.
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While these books are
classified and banned from publication, the IDF is currently considering
posting one of its so-called “wish lists” on the Internet for the whole
world to see. This wish list though is not of weapons or aircraft but
is of workout rooms, medical clinics and clubhouses that the IDF hopes
rich Jewish supporters of Israel from around the world will donate money
to buy over the coming decade.
Called Dream 2020, the book was
compiled by the IDF’s Manpower Directorate together with the Libi Fund
and the Association for the Welfare of Israeli Soldiers, which both work
in conjunction with the American-based Friends of the IDF.
According to a senior IDF officer, the wish list is valued at NIS 1.3 billion.
“It is our goal for the coming decade with everything we would like to have built or purchased,” the officer said.
Donations for the IDF from overseas can only go to welfare or medical
projects like workout rooms for soldiers or medical centers.
The officer said that the decision to post the book online was pending
due to some sensitivity regarding the publication of the location of
some of the bases.