Israel consistently spends 17% extra on defense and 8% less elsewhere, study finds

Over the past 15 years, the government has spent an average of 17% more than it budgeted each year on defense, while spending 8% less than planned on all other ministries combined, according to a Van Leer Institute study released Tuesday.

The study, which examined the differences in approved budgets and budget implementations for every year between 2000 and 2014, found that Israel spends roughly 2% less than planned each year, but the distribution of funds ends up being far out of whack.

Civilian ministries, such as health, welfare and education, get a combined NIS 2 billion less than they are allotted each year. All in all, non-defense ministries lose out on NIS 5 billion on average each year relative to approved budgets (in 2014 prices).


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