Itongadol.- “The state of Israel has a historical debt to Holocaust survivors," finance minister says.
Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced a NIS one billion ‘National Plan to Assist Holocaust Survivors’ on Sunday.
Lapid, along with Welfare Minister Meir Cohen will request expedited approval for the plan at the next government meeting on Sunday, April 27, so that it can be “urgently” brought to a vote at the Knesset during the upcoming session.
“The state of Israel has a historical debt to Holocaust survivors and our mission is to ease their burden in the final years of their lives,” said Lapid.
The intended budget will be added to the NIS 835 million already allotted by the ministry for the next five years to assist some 200,000 Holocaust survivors.
The national plan outlines ten points aimed at “reducing the bureaucracy to facilitate and improve the condition of survivors.”
The plans calls for the allocation of NIS 277 million intended to end 61 years of disparity and equate the allowances of some 18,500 Holocaust survivors who made aliya after 1953 to survivors who arrived in the country prior to this date.
Currently, survivors who made aliya post 1953 receive allowances ranging from NIS 1,500 to NIS 1,800 per month. Under the new plan these allowances would increase, ranging from NIS 1,825 to NIS 5,400 per month.