Finance Minister Yair Lapid responded to the decision of the cabinet and said, "The Prime Minister decided to add to the defense budget even though I opposed this in discussions. We are still standing by it that the defense sestablishment needs to be managed with fiscal responsibity and to be efficient."
He added, "We are not okay with the fact that the middle class is carrying the burden and the defense establishment is not. I am happy that we managed to prevent the trransfer of the full amount which the defense establishment had requested." (Atilla Shmolfavi)