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The following Israeli news is from the YNet on June 14, 2013.

The Israeli military establishment is making cuts to conform with an asterity budget imposted by the Finance Minister. "A 25% cut to budget of the IDF Rabbinate that may force the religious authority to withdraw many non-commissioned officers from their posts as kashrut inspectors, meaning it will no longer be able to guarantee the provisions handed out to the soldiers are kosher."
From Ynet: "Additionally, it often happens that secular soldiers are tasked with kitchen duty, which leads to errors in protocol. 'The starting point in those kitchens is not great as things stand," the source told Yedioth Ahronoth. "And removal of kashrut inspectors will lead to the effective banishment of the religious soldiers from the kitchens.'"
"'Ben Gurion set two key conditions to the integration of religious soldiers within the military: observance of Shabat and kashrut. Should the measure be implemented, it will drive the religious soldiers away from the combat units.'"
"Sources within the top ranks say IDF are wary of the political implications of the decision, yet acquiesce there is no alternative as even the most sensitive operational functionalities are being hit by the cuts. "Fewer inspectors will have to do more work," the source said."
"The IDF's Spokesperson's Unit responded to the reports saying 'The IDF is preparing to switch toward functioning within the limits of the current budget, and various proposals for streamlining are being weighed. The proposals are being examined and no decision has been made yet.'"

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