By ETGAR LEFKOVITS

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“The state of Israel has shown serious lapses in dealing with elderly Holocaust survivors living in the country,” a state comptroller report released Wednesday said.

The report, which was presented to President Shimon Peres, cites bureaucratic delays and red tape in obstructing Israel’s assistance to Holocaust survivors.

According to the state comptroller, there were significant delays in transferring some 28 million shekels to survivors’ funds.

“The conduct of local authorities is characterized many times by unnecessary delays, postponements and foot dragging,” the report compiled by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss found.

“It is inconceivable for bureaucratic hurdles to delay the government’s treatment of survivors,” the report continued.

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