by: Gad Lior
Wednesday, 28 October 2020 | Finance Minister Israel Katz announced Tuesday evening that one-time unemployment payouts to Israelis who’ve been unemployed for an extended period due to coronavirus will be extended to include those aged 67 and over.
The Finance Ministry presented the original draft of the bill a few weeks ago. According to the draft, Israelis who have been unemployed or furloughed for at least 100 days starting March 1, will receive a NIS 2,000 [US $590] relief check.
“I have decided to make those aged 67 and above who have been fired or placed on unpaid leave eligible for a grant,” Katz said.
“We will continue to do whatever it takes to help the self-employed, salaried workers and business owners to get through this period. I will continue to fight so that many can return to the workforce soon and bring about renewed growth to the economy.”
The amendment to the unemployment law will be brought for Knesset [Parliament] vote in the coming days, and if approved, it will make some 23,000 elderly Israelis eligible for compensation.
Spouses who are both eligible for the one-time payment will also receive an extra NIS 500 [US $147].
The National Insurance Institute will transfer the funds directly to people’s bank accounts.
We rejoice over Minister Katz's decision to include Israel's elderly as recipients of the special one-time unemployment COVID-19 payouts and applaud Israel's efforts to care for the needy during this time of crisis. At the same time, we know that the NIS 2,000 (US $590) relief check will sadly be but a drop in the bucket. Two lockdowns in six months have plunged many Israelis into a yawning pit of need. They lost the ability to pay for necessities like rent or food months ago. The situation is so dire that the payout—welcome as it is—is sadly not sufficient to bring any kind of lasting relief. That is where Bridges for Peace comes in. With the help of Christians around the world, we can come alongside these Israelis, meeting their basic need for sustenance through regular food parcels. Will you donate today to help put food on empty tables and show them the love and support of Christians?
Posted on October 28, 2020
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