The Biden administration's unequivocal support for Israel in the ongoing Gaza conflict has sparked intense reactions across the Arab world, prompting American diplomats to sound the alarm. A recent diplomatic cable, obtained by CNN, reveals a stark warning from American envoys stationed in Arab nations.
They caution that the U.S. stance is alienating Arab public opinion, potentially for a generation. This communication reflects a deep concern within the American diplomatic community about the rising anti-American sentiment in these regions.
The Gaza conflict, which saw Israel responding to Hamas attacks on October 7 that left over 1,400 Israelis dead, has been a focal point of contention. The robust American backing of Israel's military actions in Gaza is increasingly viewed in a negative light.
The cable from the U.S. Embassy in Oman, sent to key U.S. institutions including the White House’s National Security Council, CIA, and FBI, underlines the gravity of the situation. It quotes discussions with trusted contacts, emphasizing that the U.S.
is "losing badly on the messaging battlespace." The support is perceived as not only material but also moral complicity in what many consider potential war crimes.
The Ripple Effect in the Middle East
Another telling document, a cable from the American embassy in Cairo, relays pointed commentary from a state-run Egyptian newspaper.
The publication starkly criticizes President Biden, alleging his "cruelty and disregard for Palestinians" surpasses that of previous U.S. presidents. This sentiment echoes throughout the Middle East, where the perception of American foreign policy is increasingly tied to the events unfolding in Gaza.
The diplomatic cables offer a sobering snapshot of the challenges the Biden administration faces in balancing its foreign policy objectives with maintaining good relations in the Arab world. The growing disconnect between U.S.
policies and Arab public opinion highlights a critical juncture in American diplomacy. As the U.S. navigates this complex geopolitical landscape, the implications of its stance on Israel and the broader Middle East peace process remain under intense scrutiny.