'State doesn't fund trips for captives' families'

Israel is not funding trips abroad for families of captured IDF soldiers to meet state officials, it was reported on Saturday night. Karnit Goldwasser, the wife of captured reservist Ehud Goldwasser, told Israel Radio that she herself had to pay for a recent trip to see United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. "The prime minister and foreign minister promised state funding but months went by and it was not taken care of," she said. A non-governmental organization has been helping the captured soldiers' families fund such trips. MK Yisrael Hasson (Israel Beiteinu) has proposed a bill which would obligate the state to fund the families' trips abroad. Hasson said the state "owed" the captives' families.