Israeli pressure on Gaza worked: Hamas reduces investments in terrorist activities

Several months after Israel reduced its power supply to Gaza, Hamas is trying to deal with its worsening economic and humanitarian crises. As a result, the budgets towards digging terror tunnels and producing rockets have been decreased.
Budget for digging terror tunnels has been lowered Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

After Israel decided to respond to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s request to reduce Gaza’s power supply, Channel 2 News reported this evening (Thursday) that despite the threats, the distress currently being faced by the terrorist organization has led it to allocate more of its budget towards civilian causes and much less towards terrorist activities.

Over the past few months, Hamas began re-allocating some of its funds from its terrorist activities, such as digging terror tunnels and expanding rocket production, towards the terrorist organization’s civilian causes. This means that currently, the hours of electricity within the Gaza Strip have increased, however, it is important to remember that the humanitarian crisis cannot be solved simply by providing more efficient power supply to the civilians.

Gaza residents in the dark Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

As reported by JOL this past April, Gaza’s electricity is normally provided by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, who pays for the bill, announced that it would stop doing so. Abbas’s associates announced the dramatic step to IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai. Gaza’s power consumption costs 40 million NIS per month even after Israel offsets the Palestinian Authority’s taxes.

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