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Ministers OK extra NIS 1.1 billion for IDF officers’ pensions

After a tense discussion, the government okays a major NIS 1.1 billion ($339.6 million) addition to the defense budget for pensions for IDF officers.

Seven ministers vote against the proposal: Labor’s Merav Michaeli, New Hope’s Gideon Sa’ar, Ze’ev Elkin and Yifat Shasha-Biton, and Meretz’s Nitzan Horowitz, Tamar Zandberg and Issawi Frej.

During the discussion, Defense Minister Benny Gantz reportedly insisted that the funds be allocated, arguing that otherwise, promised pensions would need to be retroactively reduced.

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