ISRAEL: The Mitered Gunrunner

By almost any standard there was something suspicious about Ilarion Capucci. Driving his black Mercedes-Benz, he crossed from Israel into Jordan and Lebanon at least 50 times in the past year. Last April he claimed that more than $750,000 in cash was stolen from his Jerusalem residence. When police investigated the theft, Capucci insisted that the money had been returned, and asked them to drop the matter. His behavior seemed particularly strange because he is an archbishop of the Melchite Catholic Church (which is autonomous from but in union with Roman Catholicism,...