Photo Credit: Courtesy US consulate in Jerusalem
Jason Greenblat (third from left) with PA and Japanese dignitaries at the launch of the Jericho waste water treatment plant

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is scheduled to participate in the inauguration of a new wastewater treatment plant in Gaza on Tuesday, together with PA Intelligence Chief Majed Faraj, as senior Trump presidential advisers Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt are hosting an international “stakeholder” meeting at the White House on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Faraj recently returned to his home in the Palestinian Authority community of Deheishe after undergoing heart surgery in the United States.


The two Palestinian Authority officials will enter Gaza via the Erez Crossing with southern Israel, according to a statement by PA spokesperson.

The new sewage treatment facility will serve more than 400,000 residents in northern Gaza, assuming it will be supplied with enough electricity by the ruling Hamas terrorist organization to allow the equipment to run properly.

Israel’s Water Authority signed an agreement with the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company in January of this year to supply three megawatts of electricity to a sewage treatment plant in northern Gaza, possibly the same facility.

The plant, to be fully operational this month, is projected to treat some 36,000 cubic meters of sewage per day and to have the capacity to serve up to 400,000 Gaza residents while also providing grey water for agricultural use. It is to be powered by nine high-capacity generators supplied at a cost of $75 million, funded by the World Bank and a group of donor nations.


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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.