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

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.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

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