(Because I like to pretend I’m sophisticated) I was listening to NPR earlier this week and to my surprise, they ran a full segment about the lone power plant providing the Gaza Strip with electricty. As the radio host put it, the plant faces its biggest challenge when it comes to fuel – or lack thereof. Cross-party disputes coupled with Israel’s siege of the Gaza Strip prevent the necessary fuel shipments from reaching the plant. No fuel means no electricity and no electricity means the plant can’t fulfill its intended purpose of providing power to all of the occupied Palestinian territories including the West Bank.
In related news, Haaretz reports that Israelis have broken the record for electricity consumption for the second time in August alone. Stark difference in the way neighbors live their lives, no?