Greenpeace officials warn that Israel’s power grid remains vulnerable. Prompted by the recent threat made by Hezbollah Chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the green group insists that unless Israel diversifies its power mainframe, the power infrastructure remains at risk.
In his videotaped Martyr’s Day address on Saturday, Nasrallah boasted a few missiles would “plunge Israel into darkness.” Warning that Israel could expect retribution for any “violation that occurs on Lebanese territory,” he specifically threatened an attack to Israel’s power grid and airports.
“[The Israelis] know that their energy plants and their airports are under threat,” the Hamas leader warned during his speech. “Their power plants would require six months to be repaired. Can Israel remain in the darkness for six months?”
Hila Krupsky, director of Greepeace’s energy campaign, said that Nasrallah’s threat should be a wake-up call for the need to invest in alternative energies. “True energy security means the diversification of energy sources… [and] lies with encouraging and investing in renewable energy sources,” Krupsky claimed.
Krupsky also noted that the government’s current energy plan, which relies heavily on the investment in offshore natural gas and a single gas pipeline delivery method, does not adequately consider the impact of a terrorist attack. A more diversified energy plan, one that took advantage of easily renewable resources, would help safeguard the nation’s power grid and get the lights back on in case disaster strikes.
“Israel has to conform to long-term thinking and create a versatile blueprint for the energy market that would ensure it has sustainable sources of renewable energy, such as solar and wind energy,” the Greenpeace official concluded.