The Bizarre Battle Over Electricity in Gaza


Sivan 6, 5777

May 31, 2017

 

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Today’s Blog

The Bizarre Battle Over Electricity in Gaza

As regular readers of israelstreet know, Gazan Palestinians live on a cycle of four hours of electricity followed by 14 to 18 hours of none, a cycle that has been continuing for some months.

Why don’t the people of Gaza have electricity?

Simply because Hamas pockets virtually all of the hundreds of millions of dollars it receives from donor countries. The money goes straight into the bank accounts of Hamas officials, and to buy weapons and build tunnels. The villas of Hamas officials and the tunnels underneath Gaza are the two places that have 24 hour electricity.

By the way, it should be remembered that the people of Gaza were the ones who voted Hamas into power almost a decade ago.

In any case, because Hamas diverts funds, the PLO in Ramallah is left to pick up the electricity tab and it is increasingly unwilling to do so.

However, the point is not so much a financial one as a political one. Mahmoud Abbas is trying to use electricity as a cudgel to increase PLO presence in Gaza. The PLO is threatening to reduce electrical access below the four hours unless the PLO is restored to many of the positions it held prior to the Hamas takeover in 2007.

For its part, Hamas is threatening an “explosion” unless electricity is restored to its territory–and especially if the PLO reduces electricity even further.

So where do you think Israel stands in this mess?

Today, Israel took the side of Hamas, declaring that no additional reductions will be made in the Gazan electrical supply.

So now we have Palestinians seeking to deprive Palestinians of electricity–and Israel supporting Hamas.

Bizarre.

 

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