"I was obviously disappointed that I didn't have support from the White House. But as I understand the way this administration works I shouldn't have been surprised," Chas Freeman said in an interview with an Iranian international news network headquartered in Teheran. Freeman also said, "I don't see how Israel can continue to survive in the long term as a state in the Middle East if it is not prepared to deal with respect and consideration with its Arab neighbors specially the Palestinians." Predictions that Israel cannot survive are common on Iranian TV.

Meanwhile, President Obama warned the Europeans: "Don't fool yourselves -- some people say if we changed our policies with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...suddenly these organizations would stop threatening us. That's just not the case...Al Qaeda is still bent on carrying out terrorist activity." Freeman doesn't share this view.