Oct 15, 2007 11:58 | Updated Oct 15, 2007 18:53


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After an emotional public struggle, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday reached agreement with representatives of Holocaust survivors in Israel over new government benefits for elderly survivors, including tens of thousands of needy ones who fled the Nazis during World War II.

The landmark accord comes two months after the government agreed to markedly increased government stipends for thousands of elderly Holocaust survivors living in Israel. It followed a massive public protest to improve the conditions of needy survivors in Israel amid criticism that the government had failed to help them in their golden years.