Barak: I was flabbergasted by state of IDF

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday that upon his arrival at the start of his new post some two months ago he was flabbergasted by certain aspects of IDF supplies, the organization of the forces and the "stamina" of the army and the defense establishment. Barak told military reporters that the flaws were a result of budget cuts made in recent years by those opposed to "the current strategic reality being created in the Middle East."