The Ministerial Committee on Legislation unanimously approved, Sunday, a proposal by Minister Limor Livnat to provide widows, orphans and parents of Israeli soldiers killed before 1999 a one-time payment of 100,000 shekels. The survivors were not covered by existing law. Livnat, who was appointed to mediate between survivor groups and the Defense Ministry, said the proposal corrects an injustice of many years.
Member of Knesset Danny Danon criticized a Defense Ministry decision making the death benefit dependent on half of the payment being deferred a year. He accused the ministry of taking a chance that older survivors will die before the second payment is due.