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“Due to a malfunction discovered during preplanned maintenance work in the Tamar gas field, the supply of natural gas from the site has completely ceased."
The Palestinian Authority's accumulated unpaid bills have risen to over 2.2 billion shekels.
Energy and Infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz declared a cyber alert for Israel’s energy and water infrastructure.
The first winter storm of the season snapped some power lines in Jerusalem, brought down trees and damaged cars.
The deal between Israel and the PA comes in the wake of a major deal that was reached between Israel and the PA on managing the latter's $530 million debt to the Israel Electric Company.
Jellyfish caused a cascading blackout in the Philippines in 1999, and damaged the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in California in 2008. Clogging can stop desalination plants and ship engines.
It could mean those PA folks would be stuck without their Internet connection and the world would be spared many gigabytes of incitement.
Many in Israel's media have suggested the writing is on the wall: Katsav is going home, having served 4 years and 8 months of his 7-year sentence.
"At the Israel Postal Company, for instance, some 69 percent of the complaints were found to be justified."
As a result of the fire major roads have been closed to traffic, including Route 1 from Tel Aviv eastbound.
IEC said it had sustained heavy damages as a result of Egypt’s blocking of gas supplies, forcing it to purchase more expensive fuel to generate electricity.
Israel's electric company is threatening to cut power to the Palestinian Authority - the debt is more than a billion shekels.
Up to 60,000 households lost electricity during the snow storm, and Israelis are beginning to question the lack of preparedness in advance.