The government approved the 2015-2016 budget early Thursday morning after a long day of negotiations between treasury officials and reluctant ministers. Twenty ministers voted for the implementation, while Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon chose to abstain from the vote.
Ya’alon refused to support the budget due to decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s recommendation to set the defense budget at $14.5 billion for 2016, and condition the raising of the budget to $15.5 billion on the adoption of the principles of the Locker Committee.
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YNET NEWS by Moran Azulay, Noam (Dabul) Dvir