May 5, 2017
One week ago, the Palestinian Authority stopped paying Israel for supplying electricity to Gaza.
There were many news stories about this attempt by the PA to pressure Hamas to give up power in the enclave.
NGOs warned of a humanitarian crisis, as Hamas/Fatah infighting had just recently shut down the Gaza power plant for lack of fuel. So nearly all the remaining electricity in Gaza comes from Israel.
Turning off the remaining electricity to Gaza would have almost unfathomable consequences – water shutdowns, hospitals closing, and a true humanitarian crisis.
Mahmoud Abbas is willing, for his own political ends, to directly hurt his people in immediate and dire ways.
A funny thing happened this week, though.
Israel didn’t turn off the electricity.
Despite the thousands of pages of NGO reports that Israel is doing everything it can to hurt Palestinians and to make their lives miserable, Israel has, at its own expense, continued to provide electricity to Gaza.