In a major rant published on Foreign Policy website Freeman blamed the Jewish Lobby for torpedoing his appointment or in his words “The tactics of the Israel Lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency… The aim of this Lobby is control of the policy process through the exercise of a veto over the appointment of people who dispute the wisdom of its views… and the exclusion of any and all options for decision by Americans and our government other than those that it favors.” The real reason was his financial ties to real and potential adversaries to the the United States.
Indeed, according to Newsweek, it was these connections - and specifically Freeman’s ties to the Chinese Politburo - that scuppered his appointment. According to Newsweek, the White House withdrew its support for Freeman.
because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was angered by his support for Beijing’s
repression of Chinese democracy activists, which she described as “beyond the
pale.” Freeman’s animus towards Israel apparently played no role in the White
House’s decision to show him the door. - CAROLINE GLICK