(YNetNews) A scandal has erupted in the American Consulate in Jerusalem, as three Israeli security guards have quit following a plan to hire 35 armed Palestinian guards from East Jerusalem. The Palestinians have been undergoing weapons training in Jericho in recent days.
The decision to hire and arm the Palestinian security personnel was made by the consulate's chief security officer, Dan Cronin. The plan is to employ them mostly as escorts to American diplomats' convoys in the West Bank. Their operating base will be at the consulate in the city's west, as well as six other facilities around the city belonging to the consulate, of which five are in western Jerusalem.