Several Arab States Warn U.S.: Diplomatic Cables to NSC, CIA, and FBI

The Biden administration received stark warnings from American diplomats serving in the Arab world

by Sededin Dedovic
Several Arab States Warn U.S.: Diplomatic Cables to NSC, CIA, and FBI
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The Biden administration is grappling with mounting warnings from U.S. diplomats stationed in Arab countries, revealing a surge in public anger towards the United States due to its strong support for Israel's military operations in Gaza.

According to CNN reports, these diplomatic alerts underscore growing discontent among the Arab population, a reaction triggered by Washington's backing of Israel's right to self-defense in the aftermath of a Hamas attack on southern Israel on October 7, which resulted in the tragic death of over 1,400 Israelis.

In a cable dispatched from the U.S. Embassy in Oman, sent on a Wednesday, deep-seated concerns were explicitly conveyed to the White House National Security Council, the CIA, and the FBI. The message detailed how the robust U.S.

support for Israel's actions in Gaza is being perceived as a form of complicity in potential war crimes, intensifying diplomatic unease among U.S. envoys. Another cable, acquired by CNN from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, cited a comment from a state-run Egyptian newspaper.

The statement alleged that President Biden's perceived callousness and apparent lack of concern for the Palestinians surpassed that of all previous U.S. presidents. This sentiment resonates with a broader dissatisfaction and disappointment within Arab populations regarding President Biden's handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Over the weekend, Secretary of State Antony Blinken attended a summit convened by Jordan's foreign minister, which included senior diplomats from Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, as well as the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

At the summit, Arab leaders called for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, but Blinken reiterated US opposition, saying it would give Hamas time to regroup and launch a new attack on Israel. Israel has agreed to a daily four-hour humanitarian pause in its military operations in the northern Gaza Strip, the White House said Thursday.

As these diplomatic cables circulate, the Biden administration finds itself navigating a complex geopolitical landscape in the Middle East. Striking a delicate balance between supporting Israel and addressing the rising discontent from Arab nations becomes an intricate diplomatic task.

This situation underscores the challenges of maintaining relationships in a region marked by longstanding tensions and conflicts, emphasizing the need for nuanced diplomacy to mitigate the fallout from the current stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.