Defense spending is the largest part of Israel’s budget, but for years political squabbling has forced the defense establishment and finance ministry to deny public access to exactly how much money is being spent. The framework of the defense budget remains obscure and thus prone to speculation. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz recently presented his national budget for 2011-12, 700 billion shekels ($194 billion), to the Knesset. Of this, defense is the largest segment at 49.4 billion ...


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