Herzog: Stormy weather lays bare socioeconomic gaps in Israeli society

December 11, 2013 12:06

Labor Party chairman Isaac Herzog said that the impact of the weather on various segments of the public highlights the gaps in Israeli society.

"While many celebrate the snow on the Hermon, tens of thousands of elderly, homeless and poor people cannot afford heating or even worm blankets," Herzog said.

The Labor leader called for the prime minister, finance minister and welfare minister to budget resources to provide aid and heating to the needy.

Herzog, a former welfare minister, explained that the National Insurance Institute helps in certain towns, but that in the past he funneled emergency funds to welfare offices throughout the country to help those who are suffering from the inclement weather.

"I hope that the coming days will pass reasonably and that we will remember who needs our help," Herzog added.

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