JERICHO BECOMES FIRST ARAB CITY NOT TO USE ISRAELI ELECTRICITY
In a move of potentially historic importance, Jordan's National Electricity Power Company today started supplying the West Bank city of Jericho with its electricity.
This ends the delay in the implementation of the agreement signed in mid-2007 between Jordan's King Abdullah and Mahmoud Abbas. The first phase of the project included the building up of double air grids (30 km in Jordan and eight km in the West Bank), that will link the Sweimeh plant to the under-construction Sea-Surface Electricity Plant in Jericho. Work on the second phase began in parallel with the first phase and is expected to be concluded by August 2008.
The Israeli government, which would like to see the creation of a Arab state as soon as that state would stop threatening to kill Israelis, welcomed the move.