Israel Provides Gaza with Electricity, Gaza Responds with Kassam Rockets
Speaking of the surreal spectacle known as the Mideast "peace process" and the international charade that comes with the territory, Naomi Ragen's latest mailing on "Palestinian Chutzpah" says it all:
Picture this: the electric plant which supplies 70% of electricity to the Palestinians in Gaza is in Ashkelon. The Palestinians in Gaza have been shooting kassam rockets at the plant ever since the "disengagement," i.e. the abandonment of Gush Katif. Now, Palestinians are crying that they don't have enough electricity. They are complaining about Israeli sanctions against them. They are going to the U.N.Do you hear crickets chirping? Yeah, me too.
The truth is, Israel has not stopped supplying electricity to Gaza. Not only that, but Israeli electric company employees are risking their lives to do so.
Mickey Tsarfati, head of the union of electrical workers, was quoted in YNet: "It is unbelievable chutzpah for them to complain. We have not stopped supplying them with electricity for a minute. And they have not stopped lobbing bombs at us for a minute." Many of the workers who fix the lines to Gaza daily are residents of Sderot. It has happened more than once that bombs fell next to their homes as they were fixing the lines to supply electricity to the bombers.
Now the U.N. and the Quartet, and the Arab League are all getting demands to stop Israeli "sanctions" against the Gazans....
You tell me what other country would be supplying electricity to people who are bombing their children on a daily basis, and risking their lives to do so.
Update: Honest Reporting sets the record straight on widespread allegations in the mainstream media that Israel has cut off electricity to Gaza. In fact, Hamas shut down Gaza's only power station and invited reporters to watch, thereby using the staged event to spread the usual calumnies against Israel. Once again, the Western media is complicit in aiding Islamic terrorism.
Update II: The Electricity Libel, as I'm now calling it, is leading to all sorts of hysteria from the usual suspects, chief among them University of Michigan history professor Juan Cole who's now injected slavery into the discussion. Noah Pollack weighs in on the matter at Contentions.