Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited Israel Aerospace Industries today continuing with his declaration that Israel must strengthen its security field due to “new threats and challenges,” that Israel must deal with. According to Lieberman, effective reinforcement of the defense industries is better for the country’s security and will strengthen the Israeli economy.

Lieberman during his visit to Israel Aerospace Industries

Lieberman during his visit to Israel Aerospace Industries Photo Credit: Ariel Hermoni/ Israeli Defense Ministry

During a visit to Israel Aerospace Industries today (Tuesday), Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman proclaimed that “every day, the State of Israel deals with new challenges and new threats, more treacherous and more dangerous. In order to guarantee Israeli citizens’ security, it’s critical to maintain our qualitative advantage, which means human assets and technology.”

“This combination of people and technology, is what promises the State of Israel’s future,” Lieberman continued. “The investment in defense is also an investment in growth and economy. ‘Startup nation’ isn’t possible without investing in the State of Israel’s security. I hope that we will all continue to invest in security and also see the results in the economy, in growth and in the prosperity of the entire country.”

As reported yesterday by JOL, Lieberman announced that he intends to request that Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon increase the country’s military budget by 4.8 billion NIS, which will be spread over a three-year period, in light of “significant developments on the security front within the region.” Lieberman made clear that he “can’t specify all of the substantial changes.”

Lieberman explained that the Israeli security establishment requires more funding in order to manage the massive Russian military presence in Syrian territory. “More accurate and higher-quality weapons that cost more have entered the region reaching Hezbollah,” Lieberman stated. “Alongside the rapid development of ballistic missiles in Iran, this should be addressed in the multi-year program.”