06/18/2017
On June 11, 2017, the Israeli government decided to reduce the supply of electricity in the Gaza Strip by 40% (confirming the announcement of May 25, 2017 by the Chief Coordinator of Governmental Activities in the Territories, COGAT, Yoav Mordechai ). This measure is in response to requests from the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah that it is no longer able to finance Israeli electricity consumed in the coastal strip. If the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip deplore it (they do not boycott Israeli electricity), this energy episode highlights the many aspects of the Palestinian problem and the reasons why it should be resolved quickly.The first aspect of the problem is the inability of the Palestinian organizations Fatah (in the West Bank) and Hamas (in the Gaza Strip) to agree. However, the Palestinian Authority (led by Fatah) is paying electricity to the Gaza Strip at a cost of 40 million Shekels per month ($ 11 million), but is no longer in Able to do so. It is therefore obliged to limit the envelope to an amount between 25 and 30 million shekels per month, which corresponds to a 40% reduction in the supply of electricity. Israel therefore has no other choice but to reduce the supply of electricity to the same extent, that is to say, according to the orders made to it. On this point,

This episode also highlights the trade relations between Israel and the Palestinians in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Israel delivers 125 megawatts of electricity to the Gaza Strip, or 30 per cent of the needs of the two million Palestinians living there (total consumption is 500 megawatts). The 40 million shekels settled on a monthly basis are allocated to the Israeli Palestinian Authority (plus NIS 7 million, or $ 1.9 million for Egyptian electricity). On May 25, 2017, Yoav Mochderai explained the reasons for the disputes between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas concerning the financing of electricity: “Hamas levies, monthly, 100 million shekels to the Palestinians of Gaza on electricity consumption by means of taxes, but does not return the money to the Palestinian Authority. He spends it only to build tunnels. ” In other words, Hamas, required to pay the cost of electricity consumption to the Palestinian Authority, does not do so. (Thus, it is observed that Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are victims of the Hamas terrorist movement which pursues its goal of destroying Israel , instead of caring for the welfare of the Gazan population.Another aspect of the problem is the energy dependency of the Gaza Strip on the environment. In May 2017, Gaza’s sole power station ceased operation due to lack of liquidity. (The sources of Turkish and Qatari funding have, in fact, dried up). Until recently, the Palestinians in the coastal strip had a daily use of electricity of 6 hours, followed by a 12-hour power cut. Beginning in April 2017, they had to settle for 3 to 4 hours of daily electricity. The number should now decrease to 2 or 3 hours a day, or even an hour. Thus, the Gaza Strip can provide only 30% of the local needs, that is to say, the only amount of electricity supplied by Israel. On this point,

The consequences are immediate on the living conditions of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip: with regard to health services, the Palestinians have 87 generators to supply electricity to the hospitals (during cut-off times). Also, they have to get fuel (diesel) to rotate them. However, Fatah has decided to impose a new fuel tax, doubling the price of their operation. In addition, radiology equipment degrades due to electrical cuts. However, the Egyptian power lines that supply the southern part of the country no longer provide the same energy qualities due to the degradation of the equipment. However, Hamas still does not learn from it.

The Islamic organization in the Gaza Strip is engaged in a power struggle (lost in advance). It feeds the Palestinian population on the lie of Israel’s programmed disappearance and does not want to let go of the reins of power in the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority. For its part, Fatah, which has the support of the international community, would like to regain control of the lost coastal strip, following the 2006 parliamentary elections which had given Hamas a majority. (The Palestinian Authority’s refusal to respect the Palestinian vote that led Hamas to take control of the Gaza Strip).

The final aspect of the problem is the way the international community is chastising Israel for its so-called “colonial policy” against the Palestinians in Gaza. The Israeli decision to reduce the supply of electricity triggered the wrath of human rights organizations demanding that Israel continue to provide supplies in the same proportions. They therefore impute to Israel the effects of the measure on the medical sector, education, miscellaneous services … (sic)

In other words, although relations between Palestinians and Israelis in the field of electricity supply are of an exclusively commercial nature, in this case that of a supplier to its client, Israel is lambasted for Its “colonial policy” vis-à-vis the Palestinians (sic). At no time is it mentioned that the problem is internal to the Palestinians and that the responsibility is that of Hamas which refuses to pay the debt to the Fatah that supports it.

It would therefore be necessary to return to more common sense: the deplorable living conditions in the Gaza Strip (caused by the lack of electricity supply) result:

– Hamas’s failure to pay its debt to Fatah
– the lack of normalization of relations between Palestinian organizations
– Hamas’s refusal to abandon the sterile struggle it imagines Against Israel.
In no case, Israel (a simple energy supplier) can not be held responsible, in the new Palestinian setbacks.
Let us note that the situation should not last too long: The UN announced that the Gaza Strip would be uninhabitable from 2020, given the lack of drinking water. If the Hamas movement does not decide to eliminate itself (unless the Palestinians do it themselves), it will become the only Nakba (catastrophe) of the Palestinian microcosm .