More than a day after an early autumn storm knocked out electricity along much of Israel’s coastal region, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz faults the Israel Electric Corporation for failing to quickly resume the power supply.
He speaks with Channel 2 as members of some 30,000 Israeli households are preparing for a second straight night without electricity.
Steinitz calls the ongoing outage, and the IEC’s reaction to it, “a very grave incident that must not repeat itself.”
According to multiple reports, disgruntled IEC employees may have been taking their time repairing broken power lines to signal their displeasure with management’s moves to streamline the state-owned company.
“This saddens me greatly, and I think the union made a huge mistake,” adds Steinitz. “This is a grave fault, from an ethical standpoint as well.”
He says that once the power grid is patched up, there should be an investigation into what went wrong.