Jewish-American linguist Noam Chomsky met with the spiritual leader of the Shiite Muslims in Lebanon, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, on Thursday and told him that if Israel felt backed against a wall it could turn aggressive.
It is not possible to foresee what Israel will do, because if it feels besieged it could turn aggressive, Chomsky said. Israelis' actions are based on a persecution complex, meaning that aggression would not be an option again except out of a "mentality of madness" which rules many in Israel.
Fadlallah said that the balance of forces do not enable Israel to attack Lebanon again. The existence of the insane mentality in the "Zionist entity" demands great care, he said, but this insanity will not push "the enemy" to suicide.
Fadlallah, the spiritual leader of Hezbollah, said that the "opposition" has experience, capabilities, readiness on the ground and strategic plans that can overturn the "entity" and prevent the enemy from taking on new adventures against Lebanon.
Chomsky with Fadlallah (Photo: Reuters)
According to Fadlallah, the main problem is the US policy and its reliance on the Zionist entity. This policy, he said, does not honor humanity or human beings. He added that his movement is against the Zionists but not against Jews or Judaism.
Some ten days ago Israel prevented Chomsky from entering the West Bank, where he had been invited to lecture at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah. The prevention drew extensive criticism from academics and leftwing organizations. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was compelled to comment, saying he had learned of the fact only through the press.
Security sources accused the Interior Ministry, saying it had acted alone when it prevented a Jewish professor to pass the Allenby border crossing. The Interior Ministry blamed the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.