Officials said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hizbullah
helped organize thousands of people to rush the borders of Lebanon and Syria
into Israel, Middle East Newsline reported. They said Lebanese and Syrian authorities, under Iranian
influence, did little to stop the rampage on May 15.
"The radical axis of Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas is very clear," Mordechai
said. "This [infiltration] bore the fingerprints of Iran."
Israeli soldiers opened fire on an estimated 1,000 Syrians, many of whom
hurled rocks and tore down border fences. The number of dead and injured
was said to have ranged from 15 to 60, with at least four Syrians killed
along the Golan frontier.
"The Israel Defense Forces has now stopped the advance of protesters at
Syrian border and are dealing with those who infiltrated," Mordechai said.
In the Gaza Strip, thousands of Palestinians sought to rush the eastern
border with Israel. The Israel Army fired main battle tank shells and
automatic weapons and at least 15 people were injured.
For their part, Egypt and Jordan succeeded in stopping Islamists from
crossing the border into Israel. No casualties were reported.
Israeli officials said IRGC has been working with the besieged regime of
President Bashar Assad to quell the revolt in Syria and divert the violence
to Israel. They said Iran has been alarmed by the increasingly bloody unrest
in Syria, Teheran's leading ally.
"We are just at the start of this matter, and it could be that we'll
face far more complex challenges," Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.