This is the first pay increase for Israeli soldiers in over five years

The Defense and Finance Ministries announced on Tuesday that they will be raising Israeli soldiers' pay by 50 percent beginning next year.

“We are making a decision today that will bring justice to those who serve, a major boost that will have significance for the IDF’s force build-up and the continuation [of the military] as a people’s army,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a statement.

Israeli soldiers are technically not paid a salary, but receive "subsistence costs" which are much lower than the $1,700 minimum wage. ... Read More: i24