President Moshe Katsav on Sunday promised a delegation of Auschwitz survivors representing The Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel that he would speak to Finance Minister Ehud Olmert to urge him to substantially increase the annual allocation to the foundation.

At the beginning of January, the foundation announced that it could no longer provide funds for nursing care for Holocaust survivors or grants for the purchase of prosthetics, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures and medicine not covered by the health basket.