Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Bennie Gantz 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Harmoni / Defense Ministry)
The IDF will collapse, a senior source in the General Staff warned on Sunday
night, if the government follows through with plans to cut the planned defense
budget for 2012.
According to the officer, the IDF will not be able to
implement its strategic long-term procurement plans if the budget is cut by NIS
3 billion as the Treasury is seeking to offset some of the tax breaks and
economic benefits it will need to finance in response to the social
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“The IDF will collapse in five years and possibly earlier and
will be a different IDF than we know now,” the senior officer said. “It will be
a different military since we will not be able to provide missile defense
systems, to buy more fighter jets, to buy more tanks and ammunition if the
budget is cut.”
Despite the IDF warning, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said
Sunday that the defense establishment would need to make cuts to its
“The social protests were real and provided us with an
opportunity to solve some real social problems and the Defense Ministry needs to
contribute its part,” Barak said at a meeting of the Independence
The IDF budget for 2012, if cut, will be around NIS 24 billion
out of the NIS 50.5 billion that constitutes the defense budget.
looked at every way possible to open contracts and try to make cuts but the
minimum we need is NIS 30 billion,” the officer said.
According to the
officer, the cuts will prevent the IDF from implementing its new multi-year plan
which was supposed to include the procurement of new fighter jets, drones,
missile defense systems and new surface-to-surface rockets.
will be frozen and we will be extremely limited in what we will be able to buy
since the entire budget will need to go towards existing contracts and
maintaining the platforms we already have,” the officer said.