3 Palestinians with axe, knives caught near J'lem

Three Palestinians armed with an axe and two large knives were arrested Friday at a security checkpoint at the southern entrance to Jerusalem, police said. The three suspects, residents of the West Bank city of Bethlehem who range in age from 17-21, told police investigators that they were sent to the crossing to stab Israeli security personnel in exchange for payment, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said. It was not immediately clear how much money the three men were promised, or who sent them.