By Orly Vilnai

Two years have passed since Nahum Itzkovitz, the director general of the Social Affairs Ministry, wrote a special report under instructions from Minister Isaac Herzog about the situation of Holocaust survivors. Everything that was written later in the State Comptroller’s report and in the Dorner Commission report was written there. Had the government only implemented the recommendations of the report then, the survivors would have been spared a great deal of suffering.

But Itzkovitz is not giving up. At present, very quietly, he is trying to bring about the implementation of additional articles in the plan rejected by the Finance Ministry, which include arranging the provision of free medicine to all Holocaust survivors. At present only those who are compensated directly by Germany or by the treasury receive free medicine, and then only medicine for their recognized illness.

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