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Aug. 19, 2007 21:10 | Updated Aug. 19, 2007 23:45
‘PM disrespecting Holocaust survivors’
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Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reached a partial agreement with representatives of Holocaust survivors in Israel on Sunday to significantly increase government stipends for needy survivors, but the parties failed to agree on benefits for the tens of thousands of elderly Israelis who fled the Nazi regime and were not in the camps.

Under the accord, NIS 1,200 per month will be paid to everyone living in Israel who survived the Nazi’s ghettos and camps and who is not already receiving a monthly allowance other than a National Insurance Institute pension, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

The new stipend, which will be paid to 8,500 survivors, represents a significant increase from the government’s previous offer from two months ago.

Another 10,000 Holocaust survivors will receive NIS 500 in monthly tax benefits and other discounts, and 12,000 to 13,000 will receive NIS 1,000 in benefits, said Uri Arazi, spokesman for the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel.