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Chomsky slams Israel madness

Renowned Jewish-American scholar Noam Chomsky has warned of a madness-charged Israeli war on Lebanon, amid Tel Aviv’s recurrent threats against the country.

Tel Aviv could turn aggressive out of the “mentality of madness” which characterizes many across Israel, Chomsky said on Thursday, Ynet reported.

Suffering from a persecution complex, Israel could launch a war anytime it feels it is being cornered, he added.

The 81-year-old senior academic made the remarks during a meeting with leading Lebanese cleric Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. The meeting came after Israeli officials prevented Chomsky from visiting the occupied Palestinian territories over his anti-Israeli stance.

Israel initiated offensives against Lebanon in 2000 and 2006 and was heavily defeated by the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.

The regime recently initiated a number of military escalations near the Lebanese border after accusing Syria of supplying Hezbollah with Russian-made Scud missiles. Subsequently, Israeli staged military drills near the border, prompting Hezbollah to place its fighters on alert.

Fadlallah, for his part, said that Israel’s irrational attitude would not push the regime into renewing its attacks. The “opposition’s” resources of experience, potential, combat readiness and strategic plans can deter Tel Aviv from risking another war, he added.

The cleric also said that the main problem was the policies adopted by the United States which, he said, did not honor humanity.

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