52% of UK voters believe Israel acted disproportionately over Gaza – poll

A Palestinian man searches the remains of his house in Khan Younis during the ceasefire. More than 1,900 Palestinians have died in the conflict, against 64 Israelis. Photograph: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Guardian/ICM survey, which also found greater opposition to Israel than Palestinians, appears to find support for Lady Warsi who resigned over the issue

A majority of British voters believe Israel acted in a disproportionate manner during the recent Gaza conflict, according to the latest Guardian/ICM poll, which lends support to the arguments that persuaded Lady Warsi to resign from the government.

Amid hopes that the month-long conflict between Israel and Hamas could be ending as a ceasefire continued to hold, the poll also found greater opposition to Israel than to the Palestinians.

The poll found that 52% of voters believe Israel acted disproportionately when it responded to the firing of rockets by Hamas by launching air strikes against the Gaza Strip. It found that 19% thought Israel had acted proportionately while 29% of those polled did not know.

The findings will lend weight to the argument of Lady Warsi, who resigned last week as a senior Foreign Office minister after criticising David Cameron for his “morally indefensible” failure to describe the Israeli action as disproportionate.

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