Most Holocaust survivors in Israel do not receive special state benefits, a government official
revealed. The Finance Ministry’s Rafi Pinto told a special government panel on the issue Sunday that around 70 percent of Holocaust survivors in Israel — some 180,000 people — do not receive stipends specific to their historical travails.

Social Affairs Minister Isaac Herzog, who chaired the meeting, ordered government team to come up with ways of addressing the issue within a month. Herzog also is considering taking over responsibility for Holocaust survivors’ welfare, which is currently under the Finance Ministry’s aegis.