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Published:February 27th, 2009 11:36 EST
American Jews To President Obama: Don't Appoint Anti-Israel Lobbyist To Head National Intelligence Council

American Jews To President Obama: Don't Appoint Anti-Israel Lobbyist To Head National Intelligence Council

By SOP newswire2

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), a leading American Jewish organization has expressed shock and deep concern at President Barack Obama`s invitation to lobbyist Chas W. Freeman Jr. to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council.  They have called upon the President to rescind the invitation. The Council has a strong influence on the content of intelligence briefings presented to the President and the Council Chairman is often called to brief the President directly. 
 
Chas W. Freeman has a history of prejudice against Israel and has said Israeli occupation and settlement of Arab lands is inherently violent " and We [The United States] have paid heavily and often in treasure in the past for our unflinching support and unstinting subsidies of Israel`s approach to managing its relations with the Arabs.   He has often referred to Israel as a brutal oppressor. 
 
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, We are appalled and perturbed that President Obama has turned to this clear apologist for Arab autocracies, facilitator of anti-Semitic smears and vicious defamer of Israel when seeking someone to occupy a senior appointment in our intelligence community. Mistakes occur in government all the time and the correct response must be to acknowledge and fix them. We therefore call upon President Obama to rescind this invitation to Chas W. Freeman. 
 
One of the most important and influential leaders within the world Jewish community, Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, is available for immediate comment.  The head of the nation`s oldest pro-Israel group in the U.S. and internationally renowned expert on American foreign policy, stated today, Negotiating with Hamas is the same as negotiating with Al-Qaida, which is the same as negotiating Hezbollah and Iran; all of which set a dangerous precedent for America, democracies and Jews across the globe. 
 
Mr. Klein is a seasoned political analyst who speaks with unflinching honesty and will offer clear analysis on the challenges facing Obama`s administration as he begins to set policy in the political minefield that is the Middle East.