TEL AVIV – The Obama administration’s withdrawn nominee for a top intelligence post delivered a speech to a pro-Arab U.S. group in which he claimed that Israel has long assassinated peace-loving Palestinian leaders.
He also falsely accused the Jewish state – which doesn’t publicly comment on its alleged nuclear weapons program – of threatening to nuke Iran.
Charles “Chas” Freeman, the U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War, used the speech to suggest that America was attacked on 9/11 largely due to its support for Israel.
He further stated that if the White House attempts to pressure Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “American lobby” will arrange for Congress to punish President Obama.
Freeman was slated to head the National Intelligence Council but withdrew his nomination in March following revelations – some first reported at WND – that he has financial ties to the infamous bin Laden family and that he sits on the board of a major oil company owned by the Chinese government that had been in the midst of a multibillion-dollar deal with Iran that may violate U.S. sanctions.
WND also reported that Freeman once peddled a Saudi-funded book to U.S. public schools that falsely claims Muslims inhabited North America far before European explorers.
On Oct. 16, Freeman delivered a speech to the 18th Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference run by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, which defines itself as a nongovernmental organization dedicated to “improving American knowledge and understanding of the Arab world.”
During this speech, Freeman referred to the government here as “Israeli occupation authorities” and claimed an “Israeli cabinet-directed assassination campaign has long focused on ensuring that there is no one to talk to on the Palestinian side.”
He slammed the State Department’s labeling of Hamas as a terrorist organization. The radical Palestinian group’s charter calls for the murder of Jews and destruction of Israel. Hamas is responsible for scores of suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks against Jewish civilian population centers.
Freeman claimed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict began as a problem between “Jewish colonists and indigenous Arabs” even though Jews had historically lived in the territory that became modern-day Israel for thousands of years, while many Palestinian Arabs arrived originally as migrant workers when the Jewish population started to increase in 1881.
Freeman claimed that Israel threatened to nuke Iran, stating: “Tehran seems on track to acquire the ability to field its own deterrent to the threats of nuclear attack Iranians have serially heard from Saddam’s Iraq, successive Israeli governments and George Bush’s America.”
Israel, however, refuses to address the issue of its alleged nuclear arsenal. Israel has never threatened a nuclear attack against any country. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, has threatened to wipe Israel off the map.
Of the Sept. 11 attacks, Freeman claimed, “The 9/11 assault on the United States was carried out by Muslim extremists motivated in large measure by their resentment of U.S. support for Israel and its actions.”
Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden has referred to U.S. support for Israel, but his main grievance has long been U.S. troop presence in the Middle East. Additionally, al-Qaida leaders have addressed their primary need to spread Islam around the world though jihad.
Freeman claimed the current Netanyahu government of Israel “rejects trading land for peace” even though the Israeli leader has multiple times called for the renewal of negotiations with the Palestinians. Additionally, it was Netanyahu who signed the 1998 Wye River Memorandum, which provided PLO leader Yasser Arafat with strategic territory in the West Bank.
Freeman went on to accuse Netanyahu of being “confident that his American lobby will arrange for Congress to punish the president if the president tries to punish Israel for its intransigence.”