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Lapid orders $13 million transferred to Holocaust survivors fund

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March 21, 2013 | 9:49 am

Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem on March 18. Photo by Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem on March 18. Photo by Baz Ratner/Reuters

Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid ordered the transfer of more than $13 million to a foundation to assist Holocaust survivors.

Lapid in his first official order in his new position had the funds transferred to the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims. The money will go to meet quality-of-life needs for aging survivors, including at-home nursing care.

The allocation reportedly was part of the government coalition deal that Lapid's Yesh Atid party struck with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The agreement reportedly raises the amount of money allocated to survivors over the next four years.

Earlier this month, the fund said it had cut three hours of nursing services a week for survivors due to a large budget shortfall.

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