Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The defense budget invites Israeli campaign

The opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a good position to win the general election next week, accuses him of having dramatically raised military spending in anticipation of a hypothetical raid on Iran threatening. Drift could still increase fiscal austerity which looks after the elections.

The sacrosanct Israeli Defense budget was suddenly invited into the general election campaign next Tuesday. Part of the opposition centrist including Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister, accused the government of Benjamin Netanyahu of having "wasted" in two years more than two billion euros to finance preparations for an attack against Iranian nuclear facilities has not occurred. This controversy is the economic balance of the Prime Minister and leader of the right given by favorite polls ever to remind Israelis that their policy has avoided a recession and suffer the plight of the Greeks and Spaniards .

But undeniable success begins to have lead in the wing. The budget deficit has slipped to 4.2% of GDP in 2012, against 3% planned, which portends a severe austerity plan after the election. The question is whether the military will have this time to tighten the belt too. Defense alone represents 17% of the national budget, a figure 10 times higher than in most European countries.

A new submarine ordered in Germany

The expenditure on this front have continued to increase to last year's 12 billion euros, 20% more than the original budget. Netanhyahu Benjamin and Ehud Barak, the defense minister, argued the "security requirements" and the risk that the Iranian regime with nuclear weapons would pose to Israel's existence to justify these exceedances. To avoid this danger, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has repeatedly agitated the threat of an Israeli attack against Tehran does not actually skimp on resources.

Some examples: the Air Force has stepped up exercises midair refueling operations for long distance "while equipping" smart "bombs and the latest equipment to scramble defense systems and Iranian computer networks. Israel has also commissioned a new German submarine which can be equipped according to foreign experts, nuclear missiles, for a total of nearly 400 million euros. "We have wasted huge sums illusory scenario does not happen and will not happen," accused Ehud Olmert, Kadima, which supports a list of centrist opposition. Benjamin Netanyahu on the defensive, completely rejected these accusations. He disputes the figures and especially emphasizes that such expenditures could be justified found this year. In other words "military option" against Iran remains valid in 2013.

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