“Obama pick quits over Israel lobby”

Al Jazeera reports:

The candidate for a leading US intelligence post has withdrawn his nomination after accusing the country’s Israel lobby of plumbing “the depths of dishonour and indecency” to assassinate his character.

Charles “Chas” Freeman, a former US ambassador who is now president of the Middle East Policy Council think-tank, had initially agreed to chair the US National Intelligence Council that produces assessments of security issues.

But on Tuesday he withdrew his nomination following what he called a “barrage of libellous distortions” of his record by the Israel lobby in the US.

“The tactics of the Israel lobby plumb the depths of dishonour and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the wilful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods, and an utter disregard for the truth.

Freeman, who in 2007 said “the brutal oppression of the Palestinians by Israeli occupation shows no sign of ending”, was criticised by some in the US congress for remarks seen as critical of Israel.

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