Israel Planning Solar Field to Ease Gaza Power Crisis

AP/ Khalil Hamra

The Times of Israel reports: Israel has approved a plan to build a solar field in Israel to pump power into the Gaza Strip and ease the electricity crisis in the Palestinian enclave, an Israeli newspaper reported Tuesday.

According to the report in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, which quoted unnamed diplomatic sources in Jerusalem, the panels would be set up near the Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel as a unilateral measure, without the involvement of the Hamas terror group, which rules the Strip. Its construction would reportedly be funded by private donors in Israel and abroad.

The step could change the situation in the power-starved territory, the report said, adding that it was discussed this week with the visiting US envoys Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, who toured the Middle East ahead of the unveiling of US President Donald Trump’s peace plan.

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