The Region: Hand over your property!

By BARRY RUBIN, GLORIA— Here’s the perfect parable for understanding not just the contemporary Middle East but the wider world today. So far, it’s only being covered in the Finnish media which, I assume, means nobody outside that country knows about it. Two unarmed Finnish soldiers assigned to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)…

US warns Syria not to transfer weapons to Hezbollah

By YITZHAK BENHORIN, YNET-— The White House on Thursday warned Syria not to transfer weapons to Hezbollah, as tensions mounted following reported Israeli raids on a military research center and a weapons convoy. “Syria should not further destabilize the region by transferring weaponry to Hezbollah,” said Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security advisor. The…

'Israel strikes Syrian weapons cache en route to Hezbollah'

By REUTERS— Israeli forces attacked a convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border on Wednesday, sources told Reuters, after Israelis warned their Lebanese enemy Hezbollah against using chaos in Syria to acquire anti-aircraft missiles or chemical weapons. “The target was a truck loaded with weapons, heading from Syria to Lebanon,” said one Western diplomat, adding that the…