Skip to comments.Israelis Stop Fuel Supply to Palestinians ~ Payback time ...
Posted on 05/10/2006 9:34:16 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - The Israeli company that provides fuel to the Palestinian areas is cutting off supplies due to growing debts, Israeli and Palestinian officials said Wednesday, a move that could deepen a humanitarian crisis in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The head of the Palestinian petrol commission, Mujahid Salame, said he expected gasoline supplies to run out by Thursday. "If this happens, there will be a humanitarian crisis," he said.
He said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was in touch with American and European diplomats in hopes of pressuring Israel to ensure the flow of fuel to the Palestinian areas.
Dor Energy has been the sole provider of gasoline to the Palestinian areas since interim peace agreements were signed in the mid-1990s. Company officials declined comment.
Salame said the Palestinians owe about $26 million to Dor, but he accused the company of taking a political decision aimed at punishing the Hamas-led Palestinian government.
Israel has stopped about $55 million in monthly tax transfers to the Palestinians, demanding that the militant Islamic group renounce violence and recognize the Jewish state. The tax money has been placed in escrow.
Last month, Israel used this money to pay Palestinian debts owed to government-run companies like the Israeli electric company.
But Asaf Shariv, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said Israel would "absolutely not" bail out the Palestinians this time. Dor has cut off supplies twice before this year - only to be paid at the last minute by the Palestinians.
Israeli economic pressure, along with a cutoff in aid by Western donors, has left the Hamas government unable to pay its bills and thousands of civil servants without salaries.
Western powers agreed Tuesday to restore humanitarian aid to the Palestinian areas, as long as the money doesn't reach Hamas. But it remained unclear when the money will begin flowing.
Get a job and pay your bills.
Remember 9/11 - on that day, the Israelis dispatched experts to help get survivors out of the rubble. In contrast the Palestinians celebrated. As such, all the latter deserve is the iron fist.
Good, why assist people who are bent on your destruction? A question that should be asked of Bush, by the way.
This makes me long for the day when we do the same thing to all the Arabs because we no longer need their oil...
I read that the USA had caved in and is giving the "Eternal Leech" another hand out. Palestinians are the Eternal Leeches, something needs to be done. They are not self supporting, and it looks like they never will be.
The palestinians produce a suplus supply of HATE. They have eat that. And, for fuel, they can use some of that C4 they happen to have so much of -- better take the nails out first before burning it, though.
Now cut off their water and electricity.
Maybe if they'd stop their blood thirsty killing of innocent Israeli's it would help?
Good Israel. If they don't pay, your denial is legitimate. Other nations would do the same thing in the same situation.
That explains why our American left supports Palestine. Birds of a feather flock together. They have a lot in common.
Slow death. I hope they suffer greatly.
Why don't they get their fuel from Syria, Jordan, or the Saudis?
Oh, because the Syrians, Jordanians, and Saudis know they won't pay.
(Salame said the Palestinians owe about $26 million to Dor, but he accused the company of taking a political decision.)
Two contradictory statements right there.
That's what Sir Lawrence (of Arabia) found out after trying so hard to be the Arab's friend and getting them united.
So today, they destroy the prosperous greenhouses left to them by the Israelis when they were forced out. Typical. They only know how to destroy, not coperate like a civilized society.
"If this happens, there will be a humanitarian crisis,"
So now Palestine can't survive without Israel. What a joke. Let them starve and die. I guess it wouldn't occur to them to turn to their arab friends that they love so much in Jordan and Syria (both of which used to be part of "Palestine")
I notice the words "humanitarion crisis" are being used a lot.
Don't you have to have humans involved?????
Palistineans, as a race, have nothing going for them. They are completely retarded.
Let their friends pay their bills. See how their arab brothers rush to their aid. Ptui. Bunch of animals.
Guess they are going to have to cross ANFO off their IED list.
Funny, they are only about 100 miles from Saudi Arabia and its oil fields. Wha' happen?
No one sees an irony in that Jews have to supply oil products to Arabs?
Yeah. Saudi's sell to those who pay their bills I guess.
We do now, and thanks for pointing that out!
Not all Palestinians celebrated.
Obviously they were a minority, insufficient to call their neighbours bastards for daring to celebrate such a tragedy.
I'm sure the Arab world will just run with all their oil money to sustain the Palestinians.
With all the oil the Saudi's have Isreal was giving gas to the Pali's 'on-the-arm'?
Israel controls all the borders, they decide what goes in or out. This could be relaxed of course if the Palestinians would stop trying to import bombs and guns.
No, you're wrong.
Thanks to Rice, Israel does not control the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt.
Which begs the question about the "suffering Palestinians" and all their shortages: why doesn't aid come from Egypt?
Israel controls the Israeli side.
Let them dry up and blow away like tumble weeds. They are nomadic at heart anyways
The Egyptians are too busy fighting amongst themselves.
Not in public anyway.
Israel has cameras there. There are Europeans stationed there.
There are articles after articles- many posted here- about all the arms that are being smuggled into Gaza through that crossing.
Why doesn't aid flow there from the Arab World?
We are not dealing here with anything that needs to enter Israel. There is no impediment for goods to flow from Egypt to Gaza. What's the excuse?
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I do think that they need to have basics like electricity, water, food and fuel though. I think cutting them off from that would be dangerous and cruel.
You're right, though, let someone else pay for it, not us or the Europeans. Let Iran pay.
Why does the Arab Israeli conflict dominate the news?
During the Cold War is was said the it could trigger the next World War. But what about now? Why is it of any interest? Why is there a Quartet?
Because it is said that anti American and Western feeling are aroused by the Arab's love and care for the "treatment" of the "Palestinians".
That is proven to be a lie. They hate Israel. But there care not a wit about the "Palestinians".
That's the Arab and Islamic World.
So why does the Western World and the US Administration continue to make it a front burner issue and always at Israel's expense?
Israel can take care of itself, so can the Arabs/Palestinians.
I'm sure the Russians will step in.
Maybe the Palis can get some cheap oil from their great benefactors over in Iran.
The irony here is striking.
The pali's need money to pay for explosives:
Maybe the Saudis should send the Israelis a $26 million check?</ sarc>
Or that none of the oil the Palestinians use comes from Islamic countries?
"thousands of civil servants without salaries"
Those are the Fatah gunmen that keep holding up the PA offices at gunpoint. What a society.