ISRAEL THREATENS TO CUT POWER IN PALESTINE, EVEN AFTER UN WARNING

A warning from Tor Wennesland, a UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace process said that with a growing budget deficit, donor support that is decreasing and exhausted borrowing capacity, Palestine Authority’s fiscal situation is nearing a ‘breaking point’. But even after this alarm, Israel’s state-owned electric company has threatened to cut power in the occupied west bank if PA did not pay the overdue bills worth $120 million. The threat has pushed Palestine into vulnerability and shows how Israel’s policy will play into the further marginalisation of the West Bank, which already suffers from a crippling economy. 

The ongoing Pandemic has worsened PA’s long standing economic crisis and structural issues which is a result of the decades long occupation of the region by the Israeli government. According to the World Bank, Palestine’s economy shrank by 11.5 percent, and the growth progressing by 2.9 percent is seen as ‘stagnation’ by the bank. 

One of the major revenue sources for PA is the tax collected by Israel on its behalf as custom duties, etc. These funds are often used for bargaining between the two. But recently, Israel has announced that it will withhold Palestine of its $180 million tax revenues. The stipends are used for welfare measures in the occupied regions, but Israel has claimed them as ‘gift for militants’. 

 

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