A bill to raise monthly benefits for Holocaust survivors won unanimous approval in the Knesset in a preliminary vote on Wednesday, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The bill would allow survivors who came to Israel since 1953 and received money from Germany to keep the full amount without subtracting it from their guaranteed monthly income from the state of Israel.
This would affect about 6,000 survivors who each receive 960 Euros per quarter from Germany as well as 2,200 shekels from the state. The sum from Germany will no longer be subtracted from the latter amount.
The bill proposed by MK Tali Ploskov (Kulanu) would require the state to pay out an additional 7.2 million shekels in benefits to Holocaust survivors.
With Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon supporting it, the proposal is expected to be enacted into law.
“I’m happy to have such a significant achievement,” Ploskov said. “We owe them.”
The bill passed with 44 in favor and none opposed.