In his first visit to the Gaza Strip, prominent Jewish-American academic, author and linguist Noam Chomsky advocated a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying that any other formula is "not sensible," speaking on Saturday.

Chomsky explained that "in spite of continued settlement expansion," a two-state solution is more realistic because of the near unanimous support it enjoys in the international community.

To push for a solution that nobody supports, he said, is not sensible.

Chomsky was speaking as a guest speaker at the Islamic University of Gaza's first international conference on applied linguistics and literature. The seminar was attended by Gaza's intellectual elite and mainly discussed Chomsky's political views and opinions on contemporary issues.

Referring to Gaza, Chomsky said that the Strip is not viewed as a serious problem in the international community.

"From the US-Israeli point of view, Gaza is in hand, it can remain the world's largest open air prison as long as its under [Israeli] control... so it's not perceived as a real problem," Chomsky acknowledged.

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