West Bank town of Jericho linked to Jordanian electricity grip

The West Bank town of Jericho was linked to the electricity grid of neighboring Jordan on Monday, part of what Palestinians hope will be a reduction of ties with Israel. Israel has provided electricity to the West Bank and Gaza since capturing the territories in the 1967 Six-Day War. The Palestinians' dependence on Israeli electricity was highlighted in recent weeks, as Israel cut back fuel for Gaza's power plant, causing rolling blackouts as part of pressure on Gaza's Hamas rulers. Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki said the Palestinians have joined seven countries setting up an interconnected grid - Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey.