May 30, 2014
Budget spat grounds Israeli training flights
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.