Liberman: If Palestinians pay up - they'll receive electricity from Israel

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman addressed the ongoing electricity dispute in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

June 15, 2017 21:15
1 minute read.
A Palestinian man sells falafel in a makeshift shop lit with a lamp powered by a battery during a po

A Palestinian man sells falafel in a makeshift shop lit with a lamp powered by a battery during a power cut in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip January 11, 2017. Picture taken January 11, 2017. . (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMMED SALEM)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman addressed the ongoing electricity dispute in the Gaza Strip on Thursday saying, “If [the Palestinians] will pay, they will receive electricity.”

In an interview with the Arabic-language website Al-Munsak, which is operated by the IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories unit, Liberman emphasized that Israel is not a party to the dispute – rather, that the dispute is between Hamas leadership and the Palestinian Authority.

“[Israel] is not part of this issue. If they will pay, they will receive electricity. If they won’t pay, they won’t,” said Liberman. “We are certainly ready to supply.

“But it is important to underline that it is Hamas that collects NIS 100 million in taxes every month from Gaza Strip residents. Instead of this money going into the education system, into improving the health or water systems, it all goes into terrorism infrastructure, into tunnels and rockets.”

The ongoing electricity dispute comes after the PA announced its intention to pay only 60% of its monthly electricity bill to Israel.

On Sunday, Israel’s Security Cabinet agreed to the PA's request to cut the electricity it sends to Gaza by 40%, as part of an effort by the PA to pressure Hamas to relinquish control of the territory.
Gaza power crisis

The two million residents of the Strip now rely on a mere two to three hours of power a day.

Ten years after Hamas seized control of the coastal enclave, Liberman called on its inhabitants to demand change from their leaders.

“Demand from Hamas to invest money in the education system and in the health system,” said Liberman. “Israel is ready to build industrial areas, places of work... [and] power plants [in Gaza], but the basic condition is demilitarization.”

Acknowledging the “unprecedented” situation in Gaza, Liberman concluded, “If there is demilitarization, there will be reconstruction.”

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed rising fears of a possible military escalation resulting from the electricity dispute. “We have no interest in an escalation [of violence], and any other interpretation is erroneous,” he said.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and his wife Ce
June 26, 2019
Chilean president apologizes for Temple Mount visit with Palestinians


Cookie Settings