Washington – The administration of President Joe Biden has received stern warnings from several United States diplomats. These diplomats caution that strong U.S. support for Israel’s military campaign in Gaza will result in the U.S. losing support from the Arab community, according to diplomatic cables obtained by CNN on Friday (10/11/2023).
The diplomatic cables underscore deep concerns among U.S. officials regarding the escalating anger towards the United States, erupting immediately after Israel launched its operation against Hamas, following the group’s attacks on Israel on October 7, resulting in the deaths of over 1,400 Israeli citizens.
The diplomatic cable warns that strong U.S. support for Israel’s actions is seen as a “material and moral mistake for what they perceive as war crimes.”
The diplomatic cable from the embassy was written by the second-highest-ranking U.S. official in Muscat and sent to, among others, the National Security Council at the White House, the CIA, and the FBI. While just one diplomatic cable from a regional embassy, it provides a personal insight into concerns over the rising wave of anti-U.S. sentiment sweeping the Middle East.
Another diplomatic cable obtained by CNN from the U.S. embassy in Cairo was relayed back to Washington as part of a daily media summary. The Egyptian government-managed newspaper referred to “President Biden’s cruelty and neglect toward the Palestinian people surpassing all previous U.S. presidents.”
CNN reached out to the U.S. Department of State for comment, but there has been no response.
President Joe Biden faces increasing pressure domestically and internationally over U.S. support for Israel in Gaza and the dire humanitarian crisis in the region. Despite rejecting calls for a ceasefire, officials have sought to increase aid flowing into Gaza.
They are also advocating for humanitarian pauses to allow more aid to reach the area and enable civilians to escape the conflict.
In recent days, U.S. allies in the Arab world have expressed deep anger over the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Last weekend, Secretary of State Antony Blinken attended a summit hosted by the Jordanian foreign minister, attended by prominent diplomats from Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia, as well as the Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
At the summit, Arab leaders called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. While Blinken reiterated the U.S. rejection, citing that it would give Hamas time to regroup and launch further attacks on Israel.
The White House stated on Thursday (9/11/2023) that Israel had agreed to halt military operations for four hours each day in the northern Gaza Strip. Although Israel has implemented such battle pauses, U.S. officials see this agreement as progress because Israel used the term “pause,” which is something the U.S. believes can be developed.
However, concerns are growing within the government about U.S. support for Israel. CNN previously reported that some senior officials privately stated there are aspects of Israel’s military operation they cannot justify; calls for the U.S. to support a ceasefire are increasing among government officials.