May 30, 2014

Budget spat grounds Israeli training flights

The high command of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has cancelled almost all air force training flights until further notice, due to budget cuts.
Announced on 28 May, the decision means training flights for reservist pilots – usually carried out once a week – will also be cancelled. The air force's flight academy is the only unit not impacted by the decision.
According to the defence ministry, a cash injection is needed just to continue basic functions for the remainder of the year. It is also asking for increased funding in 2015.
Israel's finance ministry is against any increase in the defence budget, claiming money can be saved though a change in spending procedures.

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