Jerusalem Post Report: Assad flips out at Ahmadinejad on phone
Forward War Clouds Gather Over the Golan
While the world’s attention is riveted on the conflict in Iraq and a possible American attack on Iran, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad may be quietly preparing for a war against Israel
CSM Syria seeks to gain from regional tumult The isolation of Syria appears to be breaking as Damascus seeks deals with the Saudis and the Lebanese.
Daily Star Deal with Syria, but first impose Lebanese sovereignty By Michael Young
France's Foreign Policy Will Not Change Randa Takieddin - It would be better for the architect of Syria's diplomacy to expect that France's foreign policy will continue unchanged, since it was founded on resolutions passed by the international community and endorsed by EU nations.
Syria Today: Online and Hard-Line By: Guy Taylor | The Daily Star Paradoxes abound when it comes to the Internet in Syria, and a closer look reveals an authoritarian state apparently obsessed with manipulating the content of independent Web sites. While the government claims to be intent on spreading information technology to the masses, its desire to extend traditionally heavy-handed media restrictions into cyberspace raises the question of whether Syria's rulers merely seek to use the Internet as a tool to enhance their own power.
Agreement Seen in Schism Between Governing Factions By: Krystal Knapp | The Washington Times
A deal to end the standoff between Lebanon's U.S.-backed government and Hezbollah, the nation's worst political crisis since its 1975-1990 civil war, is expected to be finalized within the next few days, key political figures say.
PM: Plan for Lebanon war made months in advance PM to war probe panel: Plan for wide military response to possible abduction of soldiers made last March
Washington Takes a Chance on Tehran By: Georg Mascolo and Bernhard Zand | Der Spiegel Good news from the war zone: Syria and Iran -- both countries that have shown little interest so far in relieving tensions in Iraq -- will take part in a conference in Baghdad this weekend in a development that has taken many by surprise. The mood in Washington is astonishingly upbeat after this radical shift in strategy.
Jerusalem Post Our World: Israel's man in Mecca By CAROLINE GLICK Rather than reject the Saudi plan Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni are embracing it.
Accept the Saudi initiative By GERSHON BASKIN Iran's possible support for the Saudi plan is an incentive to say yes. Now the ball's in Olmert's court.
BBC First Israeli report on 2006 war Israel's public watchdog reports on the Hezbollah war, but refrains from releasing controversial findings.
Daily Star Give Israelis peace, but take from them By Rami G. Khouri
Palestinians see food shortages The World Food Programme has boosted the number of beneficiaries by 25 percent in an effort to stave off 'food insecurity.'
Guardian Sunnis will not be persuaded that Iran is their real enemy Azzam Tamimi: Washington's attempt to pave the way for another invasion by fomenting anti-Shia sectarianism in the Middle East will fail.
Reading from a different scriptSimon Tisdall: Iran appears to be patching things up with Saudi Arabia and the policy may be bearing fruit. But it's a wild departure from the line promoted by the US.
An Odd Couple The Economist
Iran and Saudi Arabia are Muslim heavyweights, the one a Shia republic and a sworn foe of the United States, the other a staunchly Sunni monarchy and America’s oldest Arab ally. Decades of quiet rivalry between the two, echoing ancient Arab-Persian tensions, have lately intensified over Iraq, Lebanon and Iran’s nuclear ambitions, among other things.
Al hayat A Chance for Iran and the Region Ghassan Charbel - The gravity of the situation has pushed Riyadh to put its weight at the service of active policies to contain and extinguish the fire on the basis of dialogue and the respect for interests, constants and balances that safeguard stability.