The Knesset on Wednesday gave final approval to the National Insurance Bill which determines that the immediate family members of a person who died while saving another person’s life will be eligible for benefits.
The benefits the families will be eligible to receive will be determined in regulations that will be submitted to the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee by the end of the year. The Minister of Labor will be authorized to establish in regulations benefits also for people who are injured under similar circumstances.
According to data provided by the National Insurance Institute, in Israel there have been some 20 cases in which people were either killed or injured while saving someone’s life. However, it was not possible to determine the extent to which they acted in a voluntary framework, in which case they were supposed to be covered by life insurance. The approved bill deals with cases in which the deceased did not act within a voluntary framework.
The law will apply retroactively to cases that occurred since the beginning of 2018, including the cases of Moti Ben Shabbat, who died while saving others during the floods in Nahariya in January 2020, and Michael Ben Zikri, who died as he saved a mother and her three children from drowning in a lake in July 2020.