The Labor, Welfare and Health Committee has cleared for final readings a bill to ease the recognition criteria of the Defense Ministry for victims of hostilities that took place abroad, for the purpose of compensation.
Currently, victims are recognized only if the purpose of a terrorist act that occurred abroad was to harm Israel or Jews. The bill approved by the committee states that even if the terrorist organization that took the action stated that one of its objectives is to harm Israel, its citizens or Jews, it will be recognized for the purpose of compensation. However it was determined that if the victim is in an enemy country illegally, he is not recognized for the purpose of obtaining compensation. The law will come into force on April 1, retroactive to recognize people wounded since April 1, 2012 onwards, althought the funds will be paid starting from April 2017 onwards. Representatives of the Ministry of Finance announced earlier discussion that it is difficult to estimate the cost of the bill, due to the inability to predict terrorist actions and future vulnerability.