Director-general of the Welfare Ministry, Nahum Itzkovitch, participated in the meeting, along with Pensioner Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan who mediated between survivor representatives and Dinur.
The meeting concluded with an agreement to address all the relevant issues in a short period of time. The timetable will be presented to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert next week.
Following the meeting, Noah Flug, a Holocaust survivor and chairman of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors told Ynet, “As far as we are concerned, the fight is still on.”
He said that the meeting went well and that survivor representatives intended on continuing talks. “We are all rolling up our sleeves and working together to end the distress of the Shoah survivors in coordination with the organizations,” Flug said.
In the meantime, the rally by Shoah survivors expected to take place on Sunday has not been cancelled.
“The struggle isn’t over, but serious talks have finally started. The suggestion published regarding giving NIS 83 ($19) to each survivor no longer exists. That whole thing is off the table and that is a significant result in my opinion,” Flug said.
“I will report to all of the survivors about the results of the meeting, and if they still want to protest on Sunday, we’ll protest.”