North Carolina man gets prison term for importing weapons in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) -- A former North Carolina man who lived at a West Bank settlement has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of trying to import weapons police think he wanted to use against Palestinians.

Forty-year-old Jeffrey Seth was arrested last year after claiming a shipping container with a snipers' rifle, a crossbow, a bullet-making machine, gunpowder, cartridges and 12-hundred bullets.

No US hometown for Seth was available.

Seth was convicted earlier this year of illegally importing, possessing and planning to manufacture weapons.

Judge Bracha Bar Ziv of Haifa District Court says the prosecution failed to prove Seth planned to turn the weapons on Arabs, but the judge rejected the defense's argument Seth intended to donate the weapons to the Israeli army.

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