The Iranian president last week in Tehran.(Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

• Visiting Damascus, President Ahmadinejad predicted that countries in the region would “disrupt” U.S.-sponsored peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians. [WP]

• Egypt believes Hamas successfully smuggled rockets into Sinai and plans to launch them into southern Israel and Jordan. [Haaretz]

• Why Mideast peace might be Secretary of State Clinton’s to win or lose. [LAT]

• In a forthcoming tell-all, former Prime Minister Olmert is apparently going Nixon on Defense Minister Barak, whom he blames for ousting him from office. [Haaretz]

• Turkish President Abdullah Gul cancelled a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in New York (both are here this week for the U.N. General Assembly), though his pow-wow with A’jad is still on. [Haaretz]

• The U.S. plans to continue to fund and cooperate with the Lebanese Armed Forces (against columnist Lee Smith’s recommendation). [JPost]