Lawmakers okay extra NIS 9 billion for Defense Ministry, purpose unknown

The Knesset Finance Committee has okayed the transfer of NIS 1.5 billion ($480 million) to the Defense Ministry, the Ynet news site reports, days after okaying another NIS 7.4 billion ($2.3 billion) earmarked for defense.

According to the news site, lawmakers tried to keep the transfers secret and have refused to answer questions about what the money, which will increase the defense budget by 15 percent, is for.

Recent reports have suggested that budget issues in the previous government led to the military being delayed in planning for possible military action against Iran.


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