The National Insurance Institute is at your side during your life, from birth to advanced age, granting you a variety of social rights adapted to changing life situations.
The National Insurance Institute is responsible for the social security of Israeli residents.
Its primary mission is to ensure means of subsistence for those unable to earn their living.
The National Insurance Institute collects insurance contributions from all residents according to their social background and status, and pays benefits to those entitled. Hence, the income of economically established groups is transferred to weak and vulnerable groups and, thereby, the National Insurance Institute contributes to a more equitable distribution of national income and the reduction of dimensions of poverty. Further information...
Those receiving dependents’ benefits are not eligible to receive other benefits from the National Insurance Institute at the same time, except for child allowances. However, a child whose two parents were killed in a work accident is eligible for payment of a dependents’ benefit on the basis of the father as well as on the basis of the mother.
A person who receives dependents’ benefits and due to the same event, is also eligible for survivors’ benefits, may choose one of the benefits. If s/he chooses the dependents’ benefits, its amount shall be no less than the amount of the survivors’ benefits that s/he is eligible for.
A person who receives dependents’ benefits and is eligible for another benefit, such as general disability benefit or old-age pension, must choose one of the benefits.
Regarding a person entitled to dependents’ benefits who becomes eligible for an old-age pension as well (and has completed the qualifying period for old-age insurance), the following provisions shall apply:
1. If s/he chooses the old-age pension, half of the dependents’ benefits s/he is entitled to shall be paid to him/her in addition to the old-page pension, only if this half is no great that 50% of the survivors’ benefits according to the National Insurance Law.
2. If s/he chooses the dependents’ benefits, it shall be no less than the amount of the overall benefit that would have been paid to him/her, if s/he had chosen the old-age pension (as mentioned above).
As of September 1, 1995, a person eligible for dependents’ benefits who becomes eligible for an old-age pension, or a person eligible for an old-age pension who become eligible for dependents’ benefits, shall receive the greater of the following benefits:
The claim for old-age or survivors’ pension must be submitted to the Old Age or Survivors Department at your local NII branch.