Against the backdrop of the government's intention to concentrate aid to Holocaust survivors within the auspices of the welfare department, the Knesset’s State Control Committee held a heated discussion on the subject of assistance to survivors. Avraham Berkowitz, a Holocaust survivor, accosted Welfare Minister Meir Cohen and told him, "You want to move us to the poorest, most disadvantaged department."
Berkowitz then turned to Finance Minister Yair Lapid and said, "Don’t allow this. You want to transfer the survivors to the department that is not allocated anything. We will get up on our feet and demonstrate." Lapid explained the decision, saying, "We do this to concentrate all referrals to a single phone." (Omri Efraim)