The good news for Hamas is that they just took out a power plant run by the Israelis. The bad news for Hamas is that the power plant is in Gaza and provides electricity for the Palestinians.
As if the Palestinians didn’t have enough problems in having to deal with the ‘Iron Dome’, which is quickly becoming the difference maker in the latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas, they now have Hamas to thank for taking out one of their own power plants. The best part? Apparently, Israel was considering a strategy that would involve cutting off electricity to Gaza. Any hesitancy to do so was quite likely rooted in political considerations.
Well, when Hamas does it themselves, time to check the box and move on.
Seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah were in the dark Sunday night after a Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to those places. It’s not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system, but they are apparently in no rush to do so. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power to the affected sector in Gaza, an operation that could take hours.
As Operation Protective Edge enters its seventh day, many Israelis are demanding that the country take more aggressive action against Hamas in order to put a halt to the seemingly endless missile attacks from Gaza. One suggestion that has come up numerous times – including from MKs and Ministers like Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon – is cutting off electricity to Gaza,which Israel is still supplying. The Hamas missile, which hit one of the high tension wires that move power from Israel to Gaza, apparently made that a moot point, at least partially.
Somehow, the Jews will probably still be blamed.
Video of Hamas commander getting the news: