Chomsky says Israel 'U.S. military base'
Noam Chomsky says Israel functions as Washington's main weapons storage base in the Middle East.
"Israel is essentially a U.S. military base, the U.S. positions weapons there, that's a very close military and intelligence tie," the Jewish academic told Press TV on Wednesday while explaining the complexity of relations between Washington and Tel Aviv.
Commenting on the weapons that Israel received from the U.S.before launching its 2007-2008 offensive in the Gaza Strip, Chomsky said that the exchange of weapons between the two sides was not surprising.
"[Israel] is receiving weapons constantly. In fact, weapons were sent during the invasion of Gaza. They tried to send them, they were supposed to send them from Greece, and Greece refused to ship them," he said.
"When pentagon was asked about this, they responded (I think correctly) that the weapons were not being sent for the Gaza invasion which was underway with the U.S. weapons of course; rather, the U.S.was positioning weapons in Israel," he added.
The professor, who was taking part in an interview with Press TV after delivering a speech at Boston University, said that although Israel had influence over the U.S. foreign policy, it still had to act within the boundaries of what Washington allowed.
"Take for example Israeli threats against Iran or U.S. threats for that matter, in which if anybody cares it is a violation of the UN charter,” said Chomsky.
"Last summer in 2008, right in the middle of the presidential election… Israeli lobbyists tried very hard to push through a resolution in congress calling for a blockade on Iran which essentially would have been an act of war.
"They were rounding up quite lot of senators… and all of a sudden the effort terminated, presumably what happened is the White House… wanted to have a word with them, so they pulled back, that happens over and over, Israel can not go beyond what the U.S. permits," he added.
During his address at Boston University, the recognized professor also warned of the threat that the U.S. and Israel posed to the world and said people may have more to fear from the two than those that Washington tries to associate with terrorism.
"[The U.S. and Israel] consistently and regularly… resort to force and the threat of force… carry out aggression regularly and repeatedly… invade other countries, occupy other countries, [and] invoke terror and violence," he said.
Chomsky also pointed out that the U.S. government and its media had spread exaggerated reports about Iran's nuclear program.
"There has been a massive propaganda campaign that demonizes Iran, that portrays it as a major threat to world peace that has been going on for the past three years," he said.