Netanyahu with Holocaust survivor 311.
(photo credit: GPO)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday paid a surprise visit to a
residence for elderly Holocaust survivors in Be’er Ya’akov, in order to observe
the quality of care for its residents, including their living
conditions. Netanyahu was accompanied by Deputy Health Minister Yaakov
Litzman and Minister Yossi Peled.
Netanyahu met with survivors and heard
their views, and asked residents to report any problems to the responsible
authorities and even to his office.
The prime minister and his colleagues
toured the facility, checked its level of cleanliness, as well as the food in
the kitchen, and spoke with members of the staff.
At the end of the
visit, Netanyahu said that in the wake of disturbing reports about the care in
residences for elderly Holocaust survivors, he decided to check conditions
“I am pleased to see that the elderly residents here are
satisfied with the conditions. There is fresh food, the kitchen is clean
and they are well-cared for,” he said.
“It is important that the elderly
know we care about how they are being looked after. It is important that they
know that the state, which is responsible for these residences, will verify
proper quality of care firsthand. We will make other visits. We demand nothing
less than excellent care.”