Elderly in Israel Won’t Need to Wait in Line, Under Proposed Law

Government bill would exempt those aged 80 and up from waiting to be served in public places.

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Waiting on line for the security inspection at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Credit: Nir Keidar

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday agreed to back a bill under which people aged 80 and above would not have to wait in line to be served in public places.

The bill would apply to sites like post offices, banks, cinemas, performance halls, stadiums, national parks and nature reserves, large supermarkets and other venues. The bill would not apply to medical appointments, nor will it apply to cars queuing up to enter sites like national parks or gas stations. The bill gives the minister responsible for senior citizens affairs the right to add additional locations where the elderly won’t have to queue up in the future.

The government-initiated bill was submitted by Senior Citizen Affairs Minister Gila Gamliel. “There’s no one in Israel who hasn’t encountered the shameful phenomenon of elderly citizens begin forced to wait in long lines when they come to obtain service in public places. This law would enable citizens who are over 80 to be exempt from waiting in line in places where the general public is served.”