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Israel Electric Corp cuts power to Palestinians after PA defaults on payments

Second step of electricity cuts to begin as the Palestinian Authority reneges on payments from $834 million owed and an addition $41.7 million for electricity theft in their jurisdiction.



Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO) chairman of the board and CEO Hisham Omari said that the company had received the first warning of the second step of electricity cuts to Palestinians in the West Bank due to unpaid debts and theft, according to the Palestinian WAFA news. The first stage of power cuts was announced in September.

The Israel Electric Corporation may cut off electricity for as long as two hours a day. Continue Reading »

PA accuses Israel of “collective punishment” after reducing electric supply

Abbas’ Palestinian gov’t accuses Israel of Geneva Conventions ‘crimes’ after the Israel Electric Company inevitably reduced the power supply to parts of the West Bank, due to the Palestinian Authority’s mounting unpaid electric bill of $470M.



The Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of imposing “collective punishment” on the Palestinians because of the Israeli electric company’s decision to reduce power supply to parts of the West Bank due to debts.

The PA said its representatives have contacted several international parties to complain about the decision to cut off power supply to Palestinian communities in the West Bank. Continue Reading »

WATCH: IDF films Hamas stealing electricity Israel sends to Gaza civilians

The IDF [the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories – COGAT] publishes security CCTV footage catching Hamas terrorists in the act of stealing electricity intended for Gaza’s civilian residents.
– ‘Hat-tip’ to the IDF, proving once again: ‘Hamas doesn’t care about its civilian residents.’

By Ido Ben Porat


The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) continues its series of Arabic posts for Gaza Strip residents this morning, Sunday, when it published footage on its Facebook page of the theft by Hamas of electricity intended for local residents.

The footage was accompanied by a post translated into Arabic, which said, “The Hamas terrorist organization continues to steal from the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »

Israeli Energy Minister & Palestinian PM dedicate new electrical substation near Jenin

In a show of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation, Israel boosts electricity supply to Palestinian cities that will supply 60 megawatts of power to the West Bank.
• Energy Minister Steinitz: ‘This is an encouraging historic moment.’

By Hezi Sternlicht, Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


In a show of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz and Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Monday signed a deal under which Israel will increase the power supply to Palestinian cities in Judea and Samaria, especially in the greater Jenin area.

Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah and Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz at the dedication of the Jenin power substation – Yuval Steinitz’s Facebook page

As part of the deal, a new electrical substation was inaugurated near Jenin on Monday. Continue Reading »

Palestinians to build power plant in Jenin


Israel supports request by Palestine Investment Fund to construct a power plant in the Jenin Industrial Zone, that should create 1,000 jobs for Palestinians as well as reduce cost of electricity in the Palestinian Authority.

By Elior Levy


Israel has approved in principle the construction of the first Palestinian power station in the West Bank, expected to be built in the Jenin Industrial Zone, near the Gilboa-Jalame checkpoint.

Palestinian power plant

The Prime Minister’s Office issued the approval after the Palestine Investment Fund (PIF), led by a confidante of President Mahmoud Abbas and former deputy prime minister Mohammed Mustafa, submitted a request through the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). Continue Reading »

Power cuts to West Bank over unpaid bills brings payment & negotiations


For full resumption of power, the Palestinians agree to make immediate payment of  ‎₪20 million with promise to engage in negotiations on remaining $444 million within a week, or feel return to ‘darkness.’

By i24news


Israeli and Palestinian officials reached an agreement on Wednesday to stop several days of rolling blackouts in the West Bank over what Israel says is some $450 million in debt.

Israel returns power supply to Palestinian citiesby i24news-en

Under the agreement, the Palestinian Authority would make an immediate payment of  ‎₪20 million shekels ($5.2 million, €4.6 million) and engage in negotiations on the remainder, the state-run Israel Electricity Corporation said in a statement. Continue Reading »

Israel pulls the plug to Jericho over PA electricity debt of $450 million


Beginning Thursday, Israel Electric Corp will reduce the power supply to Jericho due to the Palestinian Authority’s more than 1.7 billion shekels of unpaid electric bills.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Israel’s state-run electricity company was set Thursday to reduce the power supply one of the Palestinian Authority’s major cities over a debt of $450 million, an Israeli official said.

The decision by the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) applies to the city of Jericho near the Jordanian border, and comes after the Palestinian Authority and the private Jerusalem District Electricity Company failed to pay longstanding dues, the official said. The Jerusalem District Electricity Company operates in eastern Jerusalem and the surrounding villages.
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VIDEO: Israel constructing planet’s largest solar thermal electricity-plant


Watch: Israel’s new solar-electricity plant, being constructed in the Negev, is expected to provide one percent of Israel’s electricity.




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Israel Builds 2 Major Wind Farms, First in 30 Years


Afcon Holdings has begun building two new wind farms in northern Israel, stocked with 25 turbines apiece. 

By Amir Ben-David


For the first time in decades, Israeli is building wind turbines which will create electricity by harnessing the power of the wind. 

Afcon Holdings, a part of the Shlomo Group, has started construction in recent days on two wind farms, which will house 25 wind turbines each in Ramat Sirin and Ma’ale Gilboa in northern Israel.

Wind Turbine – Photo: Gettyimages

The turbines can produce 21 megawatts of electricity at any given moment, and are set to become active next year. Continue Reading »

Heat Wave Scorches Israel

Electricity consumption in Israel peaked at 12,800 megawatts Monday with  the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea & the Arava registering their lowest temperatures at 33°-35°C /91°-95°F.

By Dan Lavie, Nitzi Yaakov, Hili Yakobi-Handelsman, Hezi Sternlicht & Yori Yalon


Sunday night was among the hottest ever recorded in Israel, according to the national meteorological service. In the Dead Sea, Jordan and Arava valleys, the lowest temperatures were 33-35 degrees Celsius (91-95 Fahrenheit), while in the coastal region the low was 29 degrees Celsius (84.2 Fahrenheit).
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Palestinian Authority Settle its Electricity Debt with Israel Electric Company

After forced blackouts in Jenin and Shechem over unpaid electric bills, 300 million shekels of PA tax money to be transferred to the Israel Electric Company.

By Avi Haim & Tova Dvorin


The Israel Electric Company (IEC) and the Palestinian Authority (PA) reached a temporary settlement Thursday, after the IEC introduced rolling blackouts in protest to outstanding debts.

Electricity on the way to the Palestinians – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Under the agreement, the PA will transfer some 300 million shekel (about $75,800,000) in tax money to the IEC in exchange for a halt on the blackouts, which the IEC introduced earlier this week after multiple warnings over the debt.

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MAJOR Daily Mail blunder – twice: It claims Israel flooded ‘Gaza’s major West Bank cities’

Unbelievable inaccuracies for UK news media:
1. There are no dams in southern Israel
2. Nablus & Jenin cannot be “two of Gaza’s major West Bank cities.”


British paper The Daily Mail published a story on Monday that originally accused Israel of intentionally opening dams in southern Israel in order to flood Gaza. The only problem is, as writer and Lydia Willgress has learned the hard way, there are no dams in southern Israel.

Screenshot of the original ‘Daily Mail’ article. – Photo: screenshot

Honest Reporting, an NGO that according to its website “monitors the news for bias, inaccuracy, or other breach of journalistic standards in coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict,” took screen shots of the article before amendments were made. Continue Reading »

Israel Electric Company cuts power to Palestinian cities over unpaid bills

Decision stems from Abbas’ Palestinian Authority’s refusal to cover its NIS 1.9 billion ($492 million) electric bill.
Nablus mayor accuses Israel of exercising ‘collective punishment’

By i24news


Israel’s state-owned electric company cut power to two major Palestinian cities in the West Bank on Monday for roughly 45 minutes over a huge debt of NIS 1.9 billion ($492 million).

Electricity on the way to the Palestinians – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Electricity on the way to the Palestinians – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

“Today, the Israel Electric Corporation limited the supply of electricity to five power lines in Nablus and Jenin for 45 minutes,” a statement by the company read, adding that further cuts down the line were possible. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Energy Minister Says Use Frozen PA Account to Pay Off Enormous Electric Debt

Israeli Energy & Water Minister Shalom said Israel should use the frozen PA tax money to pay off the Palestinian’s intentionally unpaid electric bill.

By Elad Benari


Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom on Saturday called on Israel to use the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) tax money it froze to pay off the PA’s enormous debt to the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC).

“Following the decision to freeze half a billion shekels in Palestinian tax money, I have asked that the funds will be transferred to cover the Palestinian debt to the IEC, which continues to rise every month,” Shalom wrote on Facebook.
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Israel Inaugurates Country’s Largest Solar Plant

Israel to inaugurate today country’s largest solar energy project in the Negev, which received ‘go-ahead’ for site’s renewable electricity production.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


Energix Renewable Energies, the Alony Hetz Property and Investments Ltd. group controlled by Nathan Hetz and the Wertheim family, announced Tuesday that Israel’s biggest solar energy project, at Neot Hovav in the Negev, has received a permanent license for producing electricity, the Globes business newspaper reported.

Solar panels (illustration)

Solar panels (illustration) – Thinkstock

According to the company’s estimates, power production will yield annual revenue of 42-45 million shekels for twenty years.

An event will be held on Wednesday at Neot Hovav to mark the inauguration of the solar power plant, which has an output of 37.5 megawatt.

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