Latest Proof PA Does Not Really Care For Its Own People

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The PA has informed Israel that effective immediately, it will not pay for electricity to the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Authority notified Israel on Thursday that it will stop paying for the electricity Israel provides to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, effective immediately.

The PA told the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, that it will immediately stop paying for the electricity Israel provides the Gaza strip, Mordechai’s bureau said.

This is the first significant step taken by the Palestinian Authority as part of its change of policy toward the Hamas government in Gaza.

The coordinator’s bureau stated that Israel provides Gaza with electricity through ten transmission lines that carry 125 megawatts. This amounts to 30 percent of the power required by the Strip, at an estimated cost of 40 million shekels ($11 million) a month. Israel subtracts this amount from the taxes it collects for the Palestinian Authority.

The announcement by the Palestinian Authority means that in order to continue receiving power from Israel or purchasing fuel for the power station, international or private agencies will have to cover the costs.

And why is the PA doing this? Due to their power struggle (no pun intended) with Hamas.

The announcement, informing Israel about the cut in funding, is part of the serious internal confrontation between the Authority and Hamas over controlling the Gaza Strip. A halt to Israel’s supply of electricity due to the Authority’s decision could dramatically exacerbate the power crisis in Gaza, which is already dire.

On Tuesday the PA said it will soon announce steps to pressure Hamas into restoring some of the former’s authority over the Gaza Strip. The measures are described as punishment of the Hamas government in Gaza for turning down Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ initiatives to restore PA control in the Strip.

And they intend to stop paying for other necessities too.

According to the officials, the Palestinian Authority will slash the health care budget for Gaza, only paying salaries of medical personnel but not for the ongoing management of the health care system.

Consider, for a second, how messed up this is.

They are guaranteeing their own people will suffer, all due to internal politics. They probably figure the world will blame Israel for the ensuing humanitarian crisis anyway, so all good.

But this is par for the course. The palestinian leadership has shown throughout history that they will take measures to increase the suffering of their own people to score political points, add to their own coffers, or otherwise achieve their ultimate goal of destroying Israel – whether it be their corruption, the promotion of terrorism, rejection of past peace offers, or continued reliance on refugee camps.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media