By Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz Correspondent

Power struggles between the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and Pensioner Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan, who was appointed by the government to oversee the issue of Holocaust-era property claims, is delaying the revival of the operation of the World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO).

WJRO was established in the early 1990s, around the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the Iron Curtain, by the Israeli government, the Jewish Agency and the World Jewish Congress. It acted to restore Jewish property in Eastern European countries that was stolen and nationalized during the Holocaust and afterward. For most of its existence, the WJRO chalked up few successes, mainly due to a lack of interest or support on the part of the Israeli government and Jewish organizations.