by Marilyn Henry

It is another season of finger-pointing about the failure to care for Nazi victims. In the last year, there was Isaac Herzog’s plan for the Social Welfare Ministry to redress the mistakes of the Finance Ministry; the Lindenstrauss report; Knesset members’ complaints about the Claims Conference; and now the Dorner Commission.

Does any of this serve any useful purpose?

Yes, the State of Israel deserves a lot of criticism, but by now it must be immune to it. Certainly this is not the government’s most pressing, or embarrassing, issue. For those who cry about survivors’ needs, it is worth recalling that grievances about survivors’ care are not new, and little ever changed. Interest in survivors seems episodic and ephemeral. Survivors as a group were poorly served before and they remain poorly served, in part because no one persisted in holding the government accountable.

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