Iran blocks release of IDF soldier
Iran blocks return of Israeli soldier: Israel's ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman has accused Iran of paying Hamas $50m to block the release of an Israeli soldier captured by Palestinian militants. The payment, which Iran denies making, allegedly went to the head of Hamas' political bureau Khaled Meshaal. (BBC)
Iran is apparently party to a war which the papers described as being between Israel and Lebanon. And somehow Lebanon is never central to the proceedings. In the Wizard of Oz Dorothy was misled until Toto noticed the Man Behind the Curtain. What a charade international relations sometimes is.