Minister Jacob Edery - Initiative will save significant funds
Photo: Ofer Amram
The state will cease to pick up the tab for the burial of public personas who have passed away. The initiative, proposed by Minister without Portfolio Jacob Edery (Kadima), was passed on Wednesday and signified the end of state-funded burials of former ministers, chief rabbis, High Court judges, Bank of Israel governors and state comptrollers.
The overall policy was adopted in 1994; the clauses now being dropped will cut funding the acquisition of a burial plot, funeral expenses and erecting a special headstone for public personas. The state will still pay for a public announcement, a wreath on behalf of the state of Israel and police detail for the funeral.
Minister Edery said in response to the vote: "This will save the state significant funds. The capital involved in funeral expenses is large and there is no justification for having the state pay. These public figures receive a respectable pension and their families have the economic means to bear the burden of paying for the burial, there is no need for the public to shoulder these expenses."