Netanyahu Meets with Holocaust Survivor Dora Roth.
(photo credit: Courtesy PMO)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Holocaust survivor Dora Roth at his Jerusalem office on Tuesday to discuss various ways to improve the welfare of Holocaust survivors in the country.
The prime minister had
invited her to a meeting following her Knesset appearance in late
April, where she had strongly expressed her outrage at MKs’ handling of the issue.
Netanyahu and Roth discussed various ways to
improve the welfare of Holocaust survivors.
The prime minister said that he
agreed with her that there are distortions that must be corrected and added that
the State of Israel is committed to the welfare
of Holocaust survivors. He said
that he would ask Prime Minister's Office Director General Harel Locker to
advance the issue.
At the start of the meeting, Netanyahu heralded Roth's dilligence to the cause, saying that she had deeply touched the nation.
"I am very impressed by your remarks, by your fervor and your truth.
This is what must be seen here - the truth, and this is what we will do. You
deeply touched the nation. People understand that we must care for this
generation; there isn't much time and this is the main thing," Netanyahu told her.
More than half of Holocaust survivors living in Israel cannot afford all of their monthly household expenses, according to an annual report released in March
by the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel.
The survey of some 500 survivors, released ahead of Sunday’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, also revealed that more than a third of the survivors – 37 percent – indicated that they are in financial difficulties and only 6% said they have no economic troubles.
One in five survivors also reported they had to cut down on food, and one in
eight said that, due to their financial situation, they could not afford all the
medicine they needed in the past year.
In addition, seven out of 10
survivors polled reported they need daily help for activities such as shopping,
running errands and going to doctor’s appointments, and 49% said they suffer
from health problems which constitute significant obstacles in their daily
The foundation also noted that in total, 21,500 survivors were
given nursing aid in 2012, an increase of about 7% from 2011.
indicated that 92% think the government does not allocate enough funds for their
Some 60% of the survivors believe that Israel has a
responsibility to help them more than other senior citizens and 67% said they
are not satisfied with the way the government handles their needs.