Cabinet source: Apparent deal on NIS 1.5 billion cut to defense budget

An agreement appears to be nearing which will see a cut of NIS 1.5 billion to the defense budget, cabinet sources said Tuesday night. Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Defense Ministry officials had opposed any such cuts. Earlier, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi lashed out at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for planned cuts to pension plans for career IDF officers and NCOs, but later apologized for his outburst.