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      Environmental Minister: Cut Power to Gaza

      Environmental Minister Gilad Erdan is recommending that Israel cut power to Gaza in order to conserve electricity for its own use.
      By Chana Ya'ar
      First Publish: 5/13/2012, 12:39 PM

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      Environmental Minister Gilad Erdan is recommending that Israel cut power to Gaza in order to conserve electricity for its own use.

      The supply of the increasingly-scarce energy commodity was significantly reduced when Egypt last month reneged on its decades-old contract to supply natural gas to Israel. The natural gas powers the generators that produce electricity to the Jewish State, which also supplies the Gaza region.

      Egypt has been supplying more than a third of Israel's natural gas for years, and Israel supplies more than 40 percent of Gaza's electricity through the national grid.

      But over the past year, terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula have sabotaged the natural gas pipeline to Israel at least 14 times. With the cancellation of Egypt's contract, the Jewish State is likely to face power shortages this summer.

      It is “absurd,” said Erdan, that Israelis should suffer blackouts over the hot summer months while a “terrorist entity next door is supplied with electricity they don't even pay for.”

      The environmental minister contended there is a real legal question as to whether Israel has any legal obligation to supply energy to Gaza at all, given the fact the Hamas terrorist-run entity is completely Judenrein (Jew-free).

      The Israeli government unilaterally withdrew its military forces and expelled all Jewish residents – nearly 10,000 Jewish men, women and children – from their homes in the August 2005 Disengagement from Gaza.

      In addition, under the Palestinian Authority, Gaza has its own power station for some two-thirds of its population, and power is supplied to the region through lines from Egypt.