Social affairs ministry to present new multi-million dollar initiative designed to provide tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors with much needed, long overdue aid

Yael Barnovsky Published: 05.21.07, 05:46

Social Affairs Minister Isaac Herzog is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday and present him with the key principles of a new initiative put together by his office in cooperation with various organizations involved in aiding Holocaust survivors.
Herzog, who in April lamented the deplorable situation of many elderly survivors in Israel, pledged that his office would now shoulder the responsibility of caring for them.
The initiative includes expanding the current criteria used by the state to identify an individual as a Holocaust survivor, thereby bringing in some 150,000 survivors, mostly new immigrants from the former Soviet Union, into the fold of those eligible for stipends.