Ministry does not approve immediate transfer of funds to Shoah survivors

Social Affairs Ministry accuses Finance Ministry of withholding funds; Finance Ministry: Proposal by Social Affairs Ministry impossible to implement

Gal Lior Published: 07.10.07, 08:37 / Israel Money

Tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors, most of them over eighty years of age, will be forced to continue waiting for government assistance, after the Finance Ministry refused to authorize on Monday an immediate transfer of funds.

The transfer would have been the first phase of a proposal by the Ministry of Social Affairs, aimed at transferring thousands of shekels to anyone who declares his or herself as a Holocaust survivor in need of aid.

The Finance Ministry, Monday, said that the proposal was unreasonable and impossible to implement.