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Israeli defense chief requests some one billion dollars for military boost

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman listens during a joint press conference with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, April 21, 2017.
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Liberman said funding needed to address growing threats from Iran, Syria and Russia

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman requested a boost in military spending in the wake of recent threats from Iran and Syria, the Times of Israel reported Monday.

Liberman asked Israeli lawmakers on Monday to spend some $1 billion dollars over the next three years, as a response to recent geopolitical threats.

The previous military budget was secured in 2015 and is due to extend until 2020. Liberman claimed the current figure does not address the rising threats in the region.

The Times of Israel reported that in 2016 and 2017 the defense budgets were some 20 billion dollars each, one quarter of which came from US military aid.

“There’s a significant change in the security situation in the region, which necessitates an increase in the defense budget,” Liberman said Monday. “In order to ensure the safety of Israeli citizens, we must add to the budget.”

Liberman asserted that the Israel Defense Forces have new fronts which require the extra military boost including Russia's presence in Syria, an influx in weapons being funneled into the region and a growing threat from Iran. 

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