Although Gaza’s 2 million residents are already receiving 3-4 hours of power a day, Israel abides by the Palestinian leader’s decision to cut the power, rather than having the Israeli public cover Gaza’s electricity bill.
By the Associated Press
Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers warned of renewed violence Monday if Israel acquiesces to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ wishes and reduces its electricity supply to the isolated territory.
Gaza’s 2 million residents already get by with only four hours of electricity a day. In an effort to push his Hamas rivals out of power, Abbas says his West Bank government will stop paying Israel to provide electricity. Continue Reading »
With financial donations from Turkey and Qatar to buy diesel fuel for Gaza’s only power plant having ended, and Hamas leaders refusing to pay for fuel, the coastal enclave’s Health Ministry said lives will be in danger.
By Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
Gaza is bracing for a severe energy crisis after donor funds from Qatar and Turkey — used to purchase diesel fuel for the coastal enclave’s lone power plant — have run out.
According to the Hamas-controlled Energy Authority in Gaza, it no longer has the funds to buy more diesel fuel and pay the requisite taxes, which are levied by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah. Continue Reading »
Israel provides part of Gaza’s electricity, yet Abbas’ PA has refused to pay the $400k bill for electricity provided by Israel, not only to Gaza, but used in Judea & Samaria as well.
By Dalit Halevy
Hamas, which advocates jihad to destroy the State of Israel and calls to boycott the Jewish state, demanded a greater supply of electricity from Israel to Gaza on Sunday.
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Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri charged the “Israeli occupation” with responsibility for a house fire “which burned to death this week three toddler members of the al-Hindi family in Gaza.” The fire broke out due to the family lighting candles in their apartment, as their neighborhood had been suffering from a blackout at the time.
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.’
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 »
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 »
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’
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
“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 »
The new hydroelectric plant, which will be Israel’s “1st pumped storage power station,” is planned to be built 60 kms (37 miles) east of Haifa, and is anticipated to raise national power generation capacity by 2.5%.
By Ari Yashar
Israel’s first hydroelectric storage facility will be built by Alstom, a French engineering group. The company announced on Thursday that it has won a 120 million euro ($163 million) contract to build the facility, which will reportedly be operational by 2018.
The company said that the project, which will have the group operating and maintaining the 300 MW Gilboa plant for 18 years, “represents Alstom’s first entry into the Israeli hydro market.” Continue Reading »
Photographs show Israel Electric Company electrician protected behind a huge metal wall hoisted by a crane as he repairs Gaza power cable.
The photographs below were taken by an anonymous Arutz Sheva reader who witnessed a strange scene on the Gaza perimeter recently. They show an Israel Electric Company (IEC) employee hoisted on a crane in order to fix a malfunction that denied electricity to Gaza City.
The operation, which of course is carried out by Israel for the benefit of Gazans, has to be carried out with military protection, because Gaza terrorists regularly target Israelis on the perimeter fence, including those they know are trying to assist them by fixing infrastructure or letting in goods. Continue Reading »
Yiftach Ron-Tal, the IEC Chairman told a Knesset committee Wednesday the company is prepared to end its free electricity perk to their workers
IEC Chairman Yiftach Ron-Tal told Knesset members on Wednesday the company is willing to end a decades-old perk to workers: free electricity.
In discussions with the Knesset Finance Committee, Ron-Tal promised that “as part of reform, we will get rid of the phenomenon of free electricity.”
The company’s workers are among the highest-paid in the country, and its union, which includes some 9,000 members, is one of the strongest. The company also employs 4,000 temporary workers, but fires them within five years – before they have remained long enough to earn tenure. Continue Reading »
Addition of 125 megawatts will help bridge gaps in dwindling reserves, says IEC CEO Glickman.
A month ahead of schedule, the Israel Electric Corporation has completed work and grid synchronization of a 375-megawatt combined-cycle power plant.
The plant, called the Zafit power station, is located near Kfar Menahem in the country’s south-central region, and will significantly increase electricity generation to help deal with the ever-dwindling electricity reserves, according to the IEC. The combined-cycle plant contains a 125- megawatt steam unit that the company added to an already existing 250- megawatt natural gas turbine facility, and was constructed at a cost of NIS 1 billion. Continue Reading »