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IEC Threatens to Cut off Palestinian Power Over Debt

elec.jpgIsrael Electric Company is again threatening to cut off electricity to the Palestinians and to petition the High Court of Justice against the state, after the failure of talks to reach a settlement on the payment of debts of Palestinian customers.

Sources inform ”Globes” that, last week, IEC chairman Yiftach Ron-Tal warned in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “We have no choice but to take legal action against the state, against the Palestinian Authority, and Jerusalem District Electricity Company Ltd. At the same time, we intend to restrict the supply of electricity.”

IEC is the sole electricity provider in Judea and Samaria, and it is the main supplier in Gaza. The debt, which grows by NIS 80 million a month, now totals NIS 1.5 billion, of which NIS 566 million is owed by the Palestinian Authority and NIS 966 million is owed by Jerusalem District Electricity Company.

Read the entire article on Globes

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

5 Responses

  1. If the Palestinians don’t get electricity from the Israelis, they will then argue that they need to develop their own power resources. It is in the Israeli government’s interests to keep the Palestinians dependent on the Israelis, even if it would require the Israeli taxpayers to pay the tab to the private company the produces the electricity.

    Would you really want a Palestinian reactor in Ramallah?

  2. Re Comment no. 4: The commenter may have correctly explained why the IEC has suffered it Palestinian customers to go so deeply into arrears, i.e., Israel would rather have a bad customer than a good competitor.

    Re Comment no. 1: Could you clarify who is the dog and who is the kicker? I just want to know who you are insulting.

    The arrearage of the Palestinians reminds me of Cliven Bundy, the rancher who is 20 years and $1,000,000 in arrears to the US Bureau of Land Management, and the taxpayers they represent (including me), on his payment of grazing fees. Are any YWN readers hoping for a standoff by armed Palestinian militiamen who do not recognize the state of Israel or the Israel Electric Company?

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