Israel approves reduction of Gaza's power supply after PA decreases funding by 35%

The Israeli Security Cabinet approved the IDF and Government Activities in the Territories Coordinator Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai’s position to reduce the Gaza Strip’s power supply following the Palestinian Authority’s announcement that it would decrease funding of Gaza’s electricity by 35%.
Security Cabinet approved to reduce power supply to Gaza Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Last night (Sunday), the Israeli Security Cabinet approved the IDF and Government Activities in the Territories Coordinator Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai’s recommendation to reduce the Gaza Strip’s power supply. The decision was made following the Palestinian Authority’s announcement that it would decrease funding towards Gaza’s electricity, despite warnings from Israel that this could lead to a humanitarian crisis.

As reported last week by JOL, the State of Israel provides Gaza with electricity while the Palestinian Authority, who pays the electricity bill, announced that it would stop paying, which could lead to an escalation in regional violence and a severe humanitarian crisis. “The money goes towards building tunnels and weapons production,” stated senior-level Palestinian Authority officials during last week’s meeting with Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon.

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