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Israel Electric Corp. Threatens to Cut the Lights to PA

It's not clear whether the PA pays anything at all to reduce its debt - and there's no way to collect.

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View from inside a control room at the Israeli Electricity Company power station.

View from inside a control room at the Israeli Electricity Company power station.
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Israel is threatening to turn off the lights to the Palestinian Authority – at least temporarily – because the entity owes more than a billion shekels to the Israel Electric Corporation.

The question is whether the PA even intends to pay up, given its new deal to form a unity government with a terrorist organization dedicated to the total destruction of Israel.

The debt has reached 1.5 billion, to be exact. It grows by another NIS 80 million a month. Of that, NIS 566 million is a direct debt of the Palestinian Authority. NIS 966 is owed by the Jerusalem District Electricity Company, which serves eastern Jerusalem.

It’s not clear whether the PA pays anything at all to reduce the debt although IEC auditor Brightman Almagor told the Globes business news service there does not appear to be any risk the debt will not be paid. However, IEC also readily admits there is no real way to force the PA to pay its bill.

Recently Israel has begun to take action on its own in the form of sanctions. The state now funnels some payments to the IEC from tax monies collected on behalf of the PA that normally would have been transferred to the entity instead.

According to Globes, IEC chairman Yiftach Ron-Tal wrote last week to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, informing him, “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.”

The problem is, legal experts have told the Knesset that cutting electricity to the PA could be considered a “war crime” in the international arena — complicating things even more.

Hana Levi Julian

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. Cut it off they call apartheid act like one

  2. David Green says:

    threatening to , or will ? make up your minds .Israeli electricity is powering workshops that make weapons to kill Israelis , JUST DO IT ALREADY

  3. Brenda Lauer says:

    Stop threatening and do it already!

  4. Tony Mark says:

    If the Pal Authority stopped giving International funds that are meant to be used for cases like these, to Terrorists and their Martytr seeking families, They would not be up to their brains in debt. Just Cut off the electricty and wait for them scream insanities at Israel on the next UNESCO and UN counsil meeting.,,, But hey,, All they have to do is Beg for more money from The European Comm,and the USA,, and they’ll get it.

  5. Pay up or loose it, very simple.

  6. Ed Carrera says:

    Tell Kerry to pay their bill !

  7. Ed Carrera says:

    Tell Kerry to pay their bill !

  8. I wish I could call my creditor’s ‘war criminal’s’, if I refused to pay my accounts. Cut it off, and don’t re-enstate it until every last cent is paid in full…….

  9. I wish I could call my creditor’s ‘war criminal’s’, if I refused to pay my accounts. Cut it off, and don’t re-enstate it until every last cent is paid in full…….

  10. Turn them off! Almost every government in the world gives them millions in aid every year! Where does all that money go???

  11. Why would supply them to begin with? Egypt can do that or Jordan can. It’s crazy to supply them.

  12. Please then the administration will definitely see how much Israel supplies to PA

  13. Sounds like what’s happening here in America. People want to get everything for Free from us, but don’t want us to exist as a Country! They call it Self Entitlement here. It’s a ” You owe me Everything Mentality! I owe you Nothing!” We should feel Privileged to allow these people to suck us dry!

  14. Paul W. Howe says:

    Cut it if they dont pay…

  15. Philastines want everything free,why???

  16. Truly tragic, we are suppose to be human beings, supposeably able to reason !
    Sad truly

  17. Peter Resz says:

    It makes no sense to allow or demand one nation to cede land to an unformed nation unless you are demanding that all nations bordering that unnamed nation are being asked to give up the same amount of land.

  18. Collect or cut it.

  19. Cut them forever! And water, food, medicine, etc. until they surrender and evacuate Judea,Samaria, and Gaza.

  20. Cut it all! Medicine, food, EVERYTHING. For every stone they have thrown, rocket fired, gun fired, screw those ungrateful parasites.

  21. Ira Abramson says:

    Pay your bills. Stop spending U.S. Aid money on weapons and graft.

  22. do it now,send them back into darkness.

  23. Sissy Jordan says:

    Surely they can afford to pay it with the 400 million tge US gives them every year…….

  24. Kashif Hussain Israel gives all Palestinian citizens treated with dignity and status of citizens and in return receives the terrorist attacks! Furthermore the Palestinian Authority doesn’t pay their bills? They should stop buying weapons and explosives and pay the electricity of its hospitals. That’s being a responsible government!!

  25. Alexo Smsm says:

    מתי ראיתם גרוש מהרשות הרוצחים בגדה ועוד על חשבון כל תושבי המדינה ובכלל מעזה ששולחים רקטות במקום כסף על החשמל ועוד שהם מקבלים חינם

  26. Joseph Green says:


  27. Who’s in charge of that hospitals? Oh yeah, PA it is…

  28. I’m looking forward to hear the crybabies 🙂

  29. You would think the PA might be nicer to people in control of whether or not they have electricity!

  30. My electricity gets cut off if I don’t pay my bill….

  31. What the heck are u guys waiting for? Cut the light and let the devils stay in their dark hell for all I care. Besides, Arab are agents of darkness-devil

  32. Marcos Salas says:

    The hace money for bombs, but not to pay electric bill? Shut it down!

  33. I’m sure the EU will send a check.

  34. Marcos Salas says:

    Pay or get dark. America can give their funds to whatever they want. Does that mean Israel need to support the poor enemy? I don’t think so. Tell Hamas that instead invest its money in terror tunnels, they should take care of its poor people.

  35. How could it be considered a “war crime” to not continue to provide a product to someone who isn’t paying??

  36. Bull! This socalled “Palestine” was taken from the Turks in 1917 byt the French and the Brits. These “Palestinians” are Arabs, mostly Muslims.

  37. Marcos Salas says:

    I don’t think so. Israel is in its land that was stolen way before Muhammad or any other evil Muslim has existed. Look for some history class.

  38. You may very well be the stupidest man on the face of the earth. Palestine is nothing but the name of a region, consisting states like Israel and Jordan. No such state as “Palestine” has ever excisted, so stop this bull, why don’t you.

  39. I wish they had the cojones to do it

  40. I think that would be a step in the right direction, then follow up with cutting all aid, bit by bit. Maybe the Arabs in Gaza and elsewhere will realize who their real friends are. It sure as hell ain’t the Hamas nor PLO/Fatah, maybe some will understand that they are the problem to begin with.

    If the Arabs want peace, they can have it. If they want war, they can have that too.

  41. They want to be separate & want to destroy Israel, & without Israel they need not to be dependent on Israel, so go right ahead. Maybe they will build their own electrical company instead of bombs.

  42. Jim Jennings says:

    This principle works in children and adults. ” behavior that succeeds will continue. If they can get away with it, they will continue to do it, ” Israel has to find something that will make the so-called Palestinian Authority who hate them say, ” we need to get along with them. ” but it’s like one of your great leaders said something to the effect that we won’t have peace until they love their children more than they hate us.

  43. What is Israel waiting for, to cut de lights of those terrorists?

  44. Usani Utum says:

    Cut now, those palestinians bastards, infidels have money to buy weapons of mass destruction, but cant pay for electric bill.

  45. Cut the electricity off

  46. Father Abraham, contact.

  47. Since the Arabs think electricity should be free and refuse to pay for it, then Israelis shouldn’t have to pay for it either.

  48. Ronnie Pleet says:

    Long past time to do this

  49. Lisa Kamins says:

    Please, cut them off

  50. Ronald Raff says:

    Should copy the Russians in collection of the debt


  52. Linda Cohen says:

    So what are they waiting for? Do it already maybe living in darkness for a few days may brighten their senses a little.

  53. Business is business right? If this were me, my ass would be sitting in the dark after two unpaid bills!! Lol…

  54. Sandy Benet says:

    Good let’s see how they going to like it maybe then they going to wake up and shot their face and talk peace that will never happen

  55. do it put them back in the dark ages where they belong.. they are savages

  56. do it put them back in the dark ages where they belong.. they are savages

  57. First off Israel is not palastian land we werr here way before the palestians. We give them electric because without us No Arab country woulg give them. That ism’t all they get from us

  58. First off Israel is not palastian land we werr here way before the palestians. We give them electric because without us No Arab country woulg give them. That ism’t all they get from us

  59. Anf if I don’t pay my electric they don’t ask they just come and disconnect.

  60. Aron Safran says:

    Us Jews everywhere else would take over in the meantime. And don’t forget – we are EVERYWHERE. Unlike you Arabs, we take care of our own and don’t use them as pawns and cannon fodder..

  61. Aron Safran says:

    Start with brown outs or a two hours off, four hours on approach. Let’s see just how much the Arab or Muslim world will come to the aid of their so-called brothers in paying their electric bill. My guess is that they’ll be left to rot – anyone taking bets?

  62. more palliwood propaganda no doubt

  63. Long time overdue!

  64. Anika Cooper says:

    When Israel cuts the power, people will scream that Israel did something wrong. No one will notice that the power was turned off because they didn’t pay the bill. It will be looked at like they are being treated badly – victims once again!

  65. Tom Howell says:

    Do it .the more you give the more they want.give them reason to want,they will hate you either way.

  66. Ken Gesser says:

    Turnoff the deadbeats power if they don’t pay up! They could afford to pay if they didn’t spend all of their money on weapons!

  67. It was about time, you can’t keep feeding to a animal that keep biting your hand every time and not put a muzzle. Just do it already.

  68. Lee Mann says:

    just do it now.

  69. Do it. Get it done.

  70. i would have cut that off a while ago maybe 20 yrs

  71. cut off there desalinization plants to no water no electric o people

  72. David Green says:

    the invented people are more obsessed with destroying Israel with other people’s cash , than they are building infrastructure for a state they don’t deserve anyway

  73. Jesse Long says:

    Well, if the Palestinians are behind on their electric bill and they refuse to pay the bill, then you should do what other electric companies do to other people and you should cut off their electricity as well as their other utilities.

  74. Jesse Long says:

    Hey, Kashif Hussain, if you do not pay your bills, then you get your services turned off and this is a universal rule REGARDLESS of your skin tone, religion, occupation, or gender, PERIOD!

  75. Jesse Long says:

    What needs to happen is that Israel needs to keep targeting the leaders of the terrorist groups, they need to defile the terrorists that keep coming against them, and to wash, rinse, and repeat until the terrorists learn their lesson and to hopefully consider a more positive career change in their lives.

  76. Paul Gainer says:

    I want them all to suffer

  77. oh and all the liberals in the world will bds

  78. Act now save Spirit of Israel

  79. Boom boom out,go da lights

  80. enough threats cut the power NOW why feed those who kill you indescriminately all these people know is hatred of the jews so you don’t catch the 10 hour and then increase it so it blows at all of their equipment refrigerators computers etc we can call it suicide toasters

  81. Daisy Villa says:

    Do it!!! If I did not pay… My electricity would be shut off !

  82. Don’t threaten, DO!!!!


  84. Judith Ross says:

    Let the Palestinian stop buying rockets so they can pay their electric bills. Makes sense doesn’t it!!!


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