They make it sound like it was their own money that was spent on the slaughter ….

“The direct cost of the operation stands at more than $9 billion,” the defense minister said, adding that dealing with terror is “expensive,” and that even if the “defense budget would be tripled it would still not be a waste of money.”


Ya’alon: It’s ‘expensive’ to fight terror, Gaza op cost $9b.

At cost of $100,000 per interceptor, defense minister says Iron Dome is expensive, but prevented greater economic losses


Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon commented on the defense budget and the cost of Operation Protective Edge during Calcalist’s Economic Forum Tuesday, and said that though military expenses are high, the expense is required to deal with the new form of terror threats Israel is faced with.

“The direct cost of the operation stands at more than $9 billion,” the defense minister said, adding that dealing with terror is “expensive,” and that even if the “defense budget would be tripled it would still not be a waste of money.”

He further claimed that the Iron Dome missile defense system saved Israel from being forced to take over Gaza and allowed life in Israel to continue as normal, thus minimizing the economic cost of the war. “Each Iron Dome interceptor is $100,000. In economic terms it’s worthwhile, but obviously this is still expensive.”

Ya’alon also responded to what he described as “ministers who claim that the treats on Israel have decreased.”

According to Ya’alon, “though the claim that there are no longer conventional military threats is mostly true – there is peace with Egypt, peace with Jordan, Syria is busy with infighting, and no Iraqi forces mounting – but nonetheless, regional developments forces us to deal with terror groups with state-like abilities – and dealing with this challenge is expensive.”

Ya’alon stressed that military intelligence was the key and also the most expensive in this regard. “What holds back our ability give better intelligence is money. The enemy also knows how to use technology and this forces us to deal with that as well. ”

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett also spoke at the conference, and said the army needs to be more efficient if it wants more money. Spinning a famous quote from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bennett quipped: “If they grow efficient, they’ll get funds. If they don’t, they won’t get money.” (Netanyahu said once of the Palestinians: “If they give, they’ll get.”)

Bennett seemed to reference both the army in general and soldiers themselves, saying soldiers should get benefits and assistance on the basis of the level of their sacrifice.

Bennett lamented the fact that “a soldier wounded in a car crash gets the same treatment as a soldier wounded in London. Soldiers at the home front should not get the same benefits as combat soldiers.”




  1. Winslie Gomez said,

    September 3, 2014 at 08:44

    Reblogged this on HAPLOGROUP – bit that makes us human..

  2. R Davis said,

    September 5, 2014 at 12:42

    Sorry to poop on your U.S. tax payer funded war story.
    In fact the U.S. are printing money to pay for everything
    the money has the value of what it can buy.
    You have money someone will sell to you for the money.
    It does not matter how much you print as long as someone will take it in exchange for what you want to buy
    Make no mistake the U.S. government is not going to spend money on healthcare or education or housing for the American people.
    Arms to kill the people of America yes.
    Prisons to lock up the people of America yes.
    Food to feed the people of America NO.
    There are no budgets & limits to how much money can be printed before the economy falls – it is a big lie – it always has been
    The Great Depression was deliberately created to cull the people & steal their assets.
    The people did not die fast enough was what went wrong.
    They couldn’t care less if every American drops dead this second – it would give them great joy.
    If you believe anything else your TV has successfully brainwashed you.

  3. R Davis said,

    September 5, 2014 at 12:44

    So now we ask the question
    “why don’t the care about you in the Middle East ?”
    Anyone got any ideas ?

  4. R Davis said,

    September 5, 2014 at 12:50

    I’ll give you a clue
    Um, ………………………….. relax
    Um, ……………………………so I’m not a genius
    Um, ……………………………I’m thinking as hard as I can
    Is it because they don’t care about you ?
    Or do you think that they don’t care about anyone at all ?
    Heartless !
    That is the clue.

  5. September 5, 2014 at 13:05

    […] On Wednesday Israel whined that the war cost them over 9 Billion Dollar$ …. of which NOT ONE CENT WAS THEIRS! […]

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