Palestinian Authority owes Electric Company NIS 220 million in unpaid bills: Israel's national electricity company demands government action
Will the Israel Electric Corp cut off supplies to the Palestinian Authority? Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth has learned that the Palestinian Authority’s arrears to the Electric company recently reached unprecedented heights, with a bill totaling NIS 220 million (USD 47 million).
The company turned to the Finance Ministry demanding the government deducts the debt from tax repayment to the Palestinians, as agreed upon in former talks between Israel and the Palestinian Finance Ministry.
Hamas’ legislative victory has cast a shadow over fiscal issues between the two warring neighbors, with politicians from all sides of the political spectrum calling on the government to cut monetary transfers to the Palestinian Authority.
“With any other costumer we would have switched off the switch,” a senior official in the Electric company said.
UPDATE: This is especially amusing if considered in conjunction with Sen. Barak Obama's statement Sunday, regarding the Hamas win at the polls:
"My hope is that as a consequence of now being responsible for electricity and picking up garbage and basic services to the Palestinian people, that they recognize it's time to moderate their stance."
quoted by George Will in the Washington Post