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Israel Netanyahu urges defence budget hike after costly Gaza war

Sep 16, 2014    

Jerusalem Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday called for an increase in defence spending, after a bloody and costly war in Gaza."There is no leader who, faced with the threats that are multiplying around us, would not allow or demand a significant increase in the defence budget, to counter security challenges," he said in a statement.Such an increase would likely involve "several billion" Israeli shekels, Netanyahu said.Netanyahu and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon have been fighting for a big hike in defence spending against fierce resistance from Finance Mi...

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