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Opposition: Iran organized Israel border rampage

WASHINGTON — Iran organized the recruitment of thousands of followers to storm the borders of Israel earlier this month, the opposition said.


Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ordered Hamas and Hizbullah to organize an assault on Israel on May 15, the day of the declaration of the Jewish state and regarded by Arabs as catastrophe, or "nakbah."

The opposition said Hamas and Hizbullah leaders were summoned to Teheran in April to arrange the storming of Israel's borders from Lebanon, Syria and the Gaza Strip, Middle East Newsline reported.

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Analysts agreed that Iran and Syria cooperated in the organization of the assault on Israel. They said the transport of the Palestinians and other Arabs from southern Syria to the Israeli border could not have taken place without the approval of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

An IRGC defector, Reza Khalili, said Teheran has been alarmed by the Arab revolt in Syria. Khalili said Iran was searching for any means to divert the unrest in Syria toward Israel.

"They [border rampages] were part of a larger plan to increase the pressure on Israel, protect Syrian President Assad, and to assert Iran's dominance as the leader of the revolutionary forces in the region," Kahlili said.

"The Iranians had sent IRGC intelligence officers to Syria and Lebanon to invite these people to Teheran," Hussein Zohari, spokesman for the opposition Organization of Iranian People's Fedaii Guerrillas, said. "This shows that Iran was deeply involved in planning and coordinating of these attacks."

In an interview to the U.S. news agency Newsmax, Zohari said the opposition had monitored the arrival of Hamas and Hizbullah leaders in early 2011. He said information on the meeting in Teheran came from dissidents in IRGC.

"We initially thought they had come for some kind of military training, but then our people told us it was the political leadership that had come," Zohari said.

At least 12 people were killed in the Arab storming of Israel's borders. Most of the casualties stemmed from Syria, in which about 1,000 Arabs rushed the Israeli border fence and 100 entered the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights.

Tehran has been a major opposition to Israeli existence since 1979. If they payed attention to the Bible, the prophet Amos chapter 9 verse 14 and 15 promised the Jews that Israel will be regathered in the land of ancient Israel and that the Jews will never again be uprooted from the land of Israel but will prosper.

stahnley      11:12 a.m. / Friday, May 20, 2011

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