‘US Consulate in Jerusalem arming Palestinian guards’

A photo of Palestinian supporters raising a t-shirt to the US Consulate General sign in Jerusalem on September 21, 2011 (photo credit: AP Photo/ Dusan Vranic)

The US Consulate in Jerusalem is training a force of 35 Palestinians from East Jerusalem to serve as armed guards, particularly for consular trips to the West Bank’s Area A, which is off-limits to Israelis, it was reported on Wednesday.

The arrangement violates a 2011 agreement between Israel and the consulate, the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth stated, whereby only IDF combat veterans would be authorized to carry arms as consulate guards.

“The consulate was authorized to keep roughly 100 handguns for security staff, on condition that they be either American diplomats or Israeli army veterans,” the paper’s Itamar Eichner wrote.

Additionally, Israeli guards at the consulate alleged that the Palestinians were being trained with firearms in Jericho at a Palestinian Preventative Security base and in the United States…

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  • Alain

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • Mickey Oberman

    Those armed guards should not be allowed outside of the American consulate’s compound.
    Israel can not let the US get away with this.
    Who makes and enforces the laws in Israel?

  • Ron MacDonald

    I know an Arab Israeli, he was born a Christian. Not all Palestinians are Muslims, Christian Arabs are allowed to serve in the Israeli military.

    • Minicapt

      Generally they are “Arab speaking” but not of Arab ethnicity.

      Cheers

  • Clausewitz

    Maybe they should ask Menachim Begin how well those Muslims guards worked for him.

    • Xavier

      Or Sadat.

      • Clausewitz

        Oops, you’re right, got my Middle Eastern figures mixed up. Brain fart on my part.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This particular consulate has a history of habitually going rogue.

    • luna

      It’s called plausible deniability.

  • simus1

    No problem.
    A similar State Dept brainwave worked fine in Benghazi.

  • luna

    Looks like Obama wants to arm “rebels” against Israel.