MK Yaakov Asher Pushes Meron Tragedy Compensation Bill

MK Yaakov Asher attends an Arrangements Committee meeting at the Knesset. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In the aftermath of the Meron tragedy and the establishment of a state inquiry, MK Yaakov Asher (Torah Judaism) proposed a bill to provide compensation to families of the deceased. The calculation of damages is based on the sum families of the Versailles wedding hall tragedy 20 years ago received.

Welfare Minister Meir Cohen said today that he supports a proposal to promote the outline of this bill within his office, and not through legislation, which could take months. “We are prepared with Social Security to provide compensation, I will not go into the exact outline. I just ask you to do it quickly. The families are waiting and very patient.”

Kikar Hashabbat reports that sources have divulged the issues to be addressed and are not yet closed in the current outline include compensation for foreign residents who perished in the disaster, psychological treatment for trauma victims, and the verification of compensation as received by families of disaster victims.

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