U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem to Arm Palestinian Guards in Breach of Agreement – Itamar Eichner
(dailyalert.org, Jan. 15, 2015)
The American Consulate in Jerusalem is planning to hire 35 armed Palestinian guards, who are currently undergoing weapons training in Jericho. Their operating base will be at the consulate in western Jerusalem, as well as six other facilities around the city belonging to the consulate, five of which are in western Jerusalem.
The plan is a breach of a 2011 agreement between the consulate and the Israeli government, which determined that only former IDF combat soldiers hired by the consulate would be allowed to carry weapons. Sources said some of the Palestinian guards had been arrested in the past for throwing stones at Israelis, or have relatives who were convicted of terrorist activity. (Ynet News)