IEC Finally to Shut Off Some Power to PA Over Debt

The Israel Electric Company said Wednesday that it would shut off power to some communities in the Palestinian Authority this week.

By Moshe Cohen, INN

The Israel Electric Company said Wednesday that it would shut off power to some communities in the Palestinian Authority this week, unless the PA paid off its enormous debt. According to IEC officials, the PA owes it over NIS 1.8 billion ($450 million).

The IEC has long tried to collect its money, with the PA adamantly refusing to pay, saying that various agreements with Israel qualify it for free electricity. The IEC has tried to sue the PA, and to collect its debts via the cash Israel transfers to the PA. Both approaches have been rebuffed by the courts.

In order not to exacerbate tensions, shutting off the power to the PA was always seen as a last resort – and the IEC said Wednesday that at this point the company had reached that last resort. Instead of shutting off the power altogether, the IEC would limit electricity flows to the PA. “Hopefully a solutionwill be found” as a result – and if one isn’t found, the company will take more drastic steps.

IEC CEO Yiftah Ron-Tal has commented on what he calls the injustice of allowing the PA to get off scot-free from paying its bills, while ordinary Israelis are subject to fines and penalties if they miss a payment.


January 29, 2015 | 4 Comments »

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  1. Actually taxpayers do have tools. All or at least a critical mass stop paying the electric bill until the Oslo partners pay theirs.

  2. What it tells the antisemitic world is that Israel is acknowledging that the land is theirs so why should they have to pay – it’s their aboriginal right! And we stupid Jews didn’t turn off the tap the MINUTE their account went into arrears, exactly just like to any Jewish customer. We really are the master of our own misfortune way too often.

  3. So what else is new.
    Peres and the rest “partners” get freebies and we get to pick up the bill.
    Cut the electricity if they refuse to pay up.