Electric dreams in Gaza and a new cartoon
Egypt’s closure of most of the estimated 1,200 tunnels run by the Islamist Hamas has virtually stopped Egyptian fuel coming into Gaza, forcing Hamas to purchase fuel from Israel via the Palestinian Authority.
The Palestinian Authority purchases a liter of fuel for Gaza’s power plant for approximately 4 shekels $1.3) from Israeli gas companies and tries to sell it to Hamas for almost double, including excise tax. Hamas rejects the price and has entirely stopped the import of gasoline needed to operate the Gaza power plant that generates the majority of the local electricity.
As the PA refuses to waive the excise tax, a critical part of its own budget, Gaza’s residents are the ones who suffer.