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November 25, 2015 / 13 Kislev, 5776
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Thousands of Israeli Families Still ‘Powerless’ for 24 Hours After Winter Storm

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Monday morning dawned grey and cold and wet and powerless for thousands of Israeli families in central Israel whose homes were hit on Sunday with the first winter storm of the season.

Hundreds of thousands of homes suffered intermittent blackouts.

High winds, rain and hail led to hundreds of homes losing power and basic infrastructure being damaged in some areas, according to the Israel Electric Company. Fallen trees damaged power lines in many areas, creating further damage but also dangerous situations in neighborhoods with children and pets.

Gusts of up to 75 to 92 kilometers per hour were recorded at Ben Gurion International Airport, which remained open despite the rain and hail. Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv was closed by the Israel Airports Authority for several hours but reopened by the afternoon.

By Monday morning, some homes Herzliya, Ra’anana, Netanya, Hadera, Ramle, Kfar Saba, Ness Ziona, Rehovot and even in some Tel Aviv neighborhoods were still without power.

A construction worker was killed in Pardes Hanna, and two people were hurt when a ten collapsed in the Jewish community of Har Bracha in Samaria. Flash flooding brought rescue workers out in force to extract people from vehicles unexpectedly caught in the storm, and people trapped in elevators when the power went out.

By mid-morning Monday, the sun was peeking out, however, despite a forecast that held the promise of more rain for later in the day and into the week, possibly until Thursday.

Debt-Ridden PA Owes Israel $400 Million for Electricity

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority now owes the Israel Electric Corporation $400 million (1.7 billion. shekels) despite the trumpeted agreement nearly a year ago in which Israel resumed transferring tax collection revenues to the PA for the umpteenth time.

The debt-ridden regime in Ramallah supposedly would use some of the money to cut the debt for electricity, but Israel Electric CEO Ron Tal says the debt has grown to an “insane” amount.

He wants to start cutting the power to the Palestinian Authority, but that is unlikely to happen because the world would start screaming, “War Crime! War Crime.”

In the United States, and elsewhere, if someone does not pay for water or electricity, the municipality or utility company pulls the plug, without being charged with a war crime.

But there is hope, sort of.

The World Bank has announced it is transferring another $25 million to the Palestinian Authority from its “Palestinian Reform and Development Plan Trust Fund” that the Bank manages to support the PA budget.

The World Bank stated:

The funds contributed by the governments of Norway and the United Kingdom will help support the urgent budget needs of the Palestinian Authority (PA), providing inter alia support for ongoing macroeconomic and public financial management reforms.

Since the fund was established in 2008, the World Bank has turned over to the Palestinian Authority a staggering $1.38 billion.

The World Bank statement did not mention anything about what reforms, if any, the Palestinian Authority has carried out, and instead it said the PA economy is suffering from a lack of foreign aid.

Off to the rescue is Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who will travel to New York this month for one of the Palestinian Authority’s favorite events, a donor’s meeting at which countries pledged billions of dollars for Ramallah.

Most of the pledges, especially from Arab countries, remain as pledges, just as the debt to the Israel Electric Corp. remains a debt.

Israel Energy Use Breaks Record High in Heat Wave

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Israel’s energy consumption broke all previous records on Sunday (August 2) as a massive heat wave hit the region, escalating in the afternoon to new highs.

Electricity usage in the Jewish State peaked at 3:30 pm in the afternoon to 12,525 megawatts. This left a reserve of approximately 900 megawatts, according to the Israel Electric Corporation – a very slim margin indeed.

The previous record for peak summer consumption was reached at 11,880 megawatts on July 19, 2012.

The all-time record high usage – for all weather, all seasons and all times – was reached this year at 11,930 megawatts on January 12, 2015.

The new all-time all-season usage record was set on Sunday at 12,525 megawatts – but the week and the heat wave – are just beginning.

Temperatures are not expected to drop until nearly the end of this week.

Palestinians Cry to UN on Israel ‘Debt Collection’

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority filed a complaint Tuesday against Israel with the United Nations.

PA envoy Riyad Mansour wrote in his letter that Israel “resumed the theft of Palestinian tax revenues in direct retaliation for the legitimate, peaceful steps taken by the Palestinian leadership in the pursuit of justice and for the purpose of protecting the Palestinian people.”

Mansour’s complaint referred to Israel’s decision to withhold tax revenues collected on behalf of the PA to pay the entity’s outstanding debt to the Israel Electric Corp. of NIS 1.7 billion.

That decision “constitutes a blatant act of theft and of collective punishment,” Mansour charged. He claimed the tax revenues comprise the funding base for PA governmental institutions.

He neglected to mention the huge allocation for the generous monthly salaries paid to convicted PA terrorists incarcerated in Israeli prisons. Nor did he mention the thousands of members of the Hamas terrorist organization who are on the civil service payroll in Gaza — also “funded” by the Ramallah government which is, of course, underwritten by the foreign aid donated by the “international community.”

On Sunday, IEC chief executive officer Eli Glickman warned Israeli security heads in a letter that power might be cut in territories receiving service through the PA and Jerusalem District Electric Co. (JEDC).

JEDC purchases electricity from the IEC, and then sells it to PA communities in Judea and Samaria.

IEC issued the warning over concerns that power cuts could result in threats to the security of Israeli citizens from the PA population.

The company is refusing to connect new PA customers in Judea and Samaria, and threatening to cut power to the PA as well.

“The debt imposes a heavy burden on the company’s cash flow,” Glickman explained in his letter. “In light of the aforementioned facts, the Electric Corporation, with me as its chief, worked and will work as much as it can to collect the debt under discussion in order to preserve its financial stability.

“We therefore have no other choice, and the Electric Corporation, as a supplier of an essential service that is committed to all of its customers, is obligated to begin working in the coming days to collect with the following methods: 1. limiting the power supply; 2. not connecting new customers in areas of the JDEC and the PA.”

Unless the government intervenes to take action, Glickman continued, the IEC will be forced to carry out its attempt to collect the debt as described.

Security Sabotaged Around Jordan Valley Moshav

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

A chilling discovery was made Sunday morning by members of Moshav Hamra in the Jordan Valley — vandals chopped down and destroyed poles bearing electric power to the moshav.

The destruction by unknown hands signaled a plot to cut off power and communications to and from the moshav.

It might also potentially cut off the community’s ability to call for help in a terrorist attack.

The Palestinian Authority has insistently demanded that Israel hand over the Jordan Valley as part of the lands it desires for the creation of its hoped-for sovereign country.

Israel is unwilling to comply with this demand since the Jordan Valley has strong military significance. Relinquishing such a strategic location would be an act of national suicide.

District police told the Hebrew-language 0404 website that investigators were sent to the site and subsequently confirmed the attack appeared to have been carried out over the weekend.

Media Sells Phony Story of Suffering Palestinian Authority Economy

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Newspapers around the world Tuesday published a wire service article stating that the Palestinian Authority economy is expected to plunge by 15 percent this year and that economic growth will shrink by 4 percent because of the war in Gaza

The headline of the Associated Press article should have read, “Statistics, Statistic and Damned Lies.”

It is indeed accurate that the World Bank’s senior official in Judea, Gaza and Samaria indeed predicted that the Palestinian Authority’s’ economic growth is dropping sharply, but the whole truth, buried in the bottom of the article, is that the economy in Judea and Samaria actually is growing, albeit at a diminishing rate, just like in Israel.

One popular English-language Israeli news site bought the story, hook, line and sinker, and another also published the news of the “dismal forecast,” noting in a gross understatement that Gaza as the biggest impacted area.

You have to skip down to the 18th paragraph in the 19-paragraph story to discover, “According to the bank’s projections, the West Bank economy is likely to stagnate this year, with about 0.5 percent growth, while the Gaza economy is expected to shrink by 15 percent.”

But what about the statement that the “overall Palestinian economy will shrink by 4 percent this year”? How can that be if the economy in Judea and Samaria will grow.

Quick arithmetic comes up with the obvious answer that the statistics for Gaza, whose rulers brought the recent war on themselves, drag down the total figure that includes Judea and Samaria.

It should also be taken into account that the World Bank is the same grandiose institution that in 2005 promoted the expulsion of Jews from Gaza, euphemistically called the “Disengagement,” and was instrumental in the colossal stupidity of turning over Jewish greenhouses to Gaza farmers so that they could build their own economy in peace and freedom.

Within days, hothouses were torn down and became training grounds for Fatah and Hamas terrorists. Ever since the intifada in the late 1980s and the ensuing Oslo War in 2000, Gaza’s economy went from boom to bust.

But let’s stick with the World Bank and its dismal forecast.

By some unholy coincidence, the World Bank’s Palestinian Authority-based official, Steen Lau Jorgensen, released his report a week before a meeting of donor nations to the Palestinian Authority when the U.N. general Assembly convenes.

Just a coincidence, of course.

And what is the World Bank’s solution to the sagging economy? Get rid of Hamas, which no person with an iota of honesty can deny is totally corrupt and has exploited Gaza Arabs, raped them financially and robbed them of humanitarian aid?

No way.

The solution, according to the World Bank, is the “unity government” in which Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Hamas’s rival Fatah movement, is supposed to work with Gaza technocrats who are under the thumb of Hamas.

And of course Israel it to blame for the sagging economy in Gaza by restricting construction materials into Gaza, the same materials that Hamas used to build tunnels for terror.

Staging a promo for the donors’ conference, Jorgensen said, “It’s not clear that you would have substantial amounts … of new money coming in if there is no unified governance framework,” and Israel’s restrictions on the transfer of materials that can be used for terror mean it would take “18 years” to rebuild destroyed Gaza homes.

Remember the Hamas claims during the war, dutifully and  reported without question by the London Guardian, as noted Tuesday by the Elder of Ziyon blog site, that the Israel Air Force supposedly bombed and destroyed Gaza’s power plant?

Wind Power Blocked

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

If you thought mining for shale faced difficulties in Israel, you’ve never tried to harvest good, clean, renewable wind power.

A number of companies are petitioning Israel’s High Court after the Public Utilities Authority (Electricity) apparently changed the rates they would be paid for their electricty, according to a Globes report. The difference is significant enough to not make the renewable energy ventures profitable.

These wind ventures, that began 10 years ago, kept hitting road blocks along the way.

One recent roadblock was a Haifa District Court decision 2 months ago that froze the electricity market to prevent a weakening of the Israel Electric Company worker’s bargaining power.

As a result of that decision, not just wind, but also solar fields can’t be connected to the country’s electric grid until further notice.

The current wind turbine battle over electric rates is a complicated one and the legal battles around it may just kill this fledgling industry before it even takes off.

Who needs environmentalists to cause trouble, when you have regulators.

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