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August 5, 2012 (TSR) – British public opinion regarding Israel is turning because of its hardline policies towards the Palestinians, the UK ambassador has warned.
Matthew Gould said an increasing number of Britons saw Israel as “Goliath” to the Palestinians’ “David”.
“Support for Israel is starting to erode and that’s not about these people on the fringe who are shouting loudly and calling for boycotts and all the rest of it,” he told Channel 10.
“The majority of the British public may not be expert but they are not stupid and they see a stream of announcements about new building in settlements, they read stories about what’s going on the West Bank, they read about restrictions in Gaza.”
Mr Gould’s comments grabbed attention in Israel, not least because he is Jewish and is seen as a friend of the country.
Government officials said they had “taken note” of his message.
Israelis are well aware that international support for their country has dwindled, but many are convinced that the problem is one of image. Frequent seminars are held to find ways of improving the perception of Israel abroad.
But Mr Gould said that public relations campaigns to justify Israeli policies would not remedy the problem.
Source: Irish Independent