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UK ambassador to Israel says British public opinion is shifting against Israel

  • Palestinians stand next to Hebrew graffiti outside a mosque burned by suspected Israeli vandals, in the West Bank village of Aqraba, near Nablus, Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. The mosque’s carpet was burned, walls had burn marks, and holy books were covered in soot. The graffiti referenced the name of a late American-Israeli ultranationalist rabbi, the name of a nearby Jewish settlement, and included the words “price tag,” a slogan for assaults often carried out by extremist Jews in response to Palestinian or Israeli actions against them. Israeli police said they were investigating.  (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

    Palestinians stand next to Hebrew graffiti outside a mosque burned by suspected Israeli vandals, in the West Bank village of Aqraba, near Nablus, Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. The mosque’s carpet was burned, walls had burn marks, and holy books were covered in soot. The graffiti referenced the name of a late American-Israeli ultranationalist rabbi, the name of a nearby Jewish settlement, and included the words “price tag,” a slogan for assaults often carried out by extremist Jews in response to Palestinian or Israeli actions against them. Israeli police said they were investigating. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Activist Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann and others from Rabbis For Human Rights join members of the Palestinian Awwad family picking olives in the West Bank village of Awarta, near Nablus, Monday Oct. 13, 2014. According to its website, RHR has worked in the past 10 years with some 50 West Bank villages during the annual olive harvest to help "ensure the rights of thousands of farmers to plant, harvest and prune their olive trees" in areas said to be at risk for attacks by Israeli settlers. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

    Activist Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann and others from Rabbis For Human Rights join members of the Palestinian Awwad family picking olives in the West Bank village of Awarta, near Nablus, Monday Oct. 13, 2014. According to its website, RHR has worked in the past 10 years with some 50 West Bank villages during the annual olive harvest to help "ensure the rights of thousands of farmers to plant, harvest and prune their olive trees" in areas said to be at risk for attacks by Israeli settlers. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli activists from Rabbis For Human Rights and members of the Palestinian Awwad family pick olives in the West Bank village of Awarta, near Nablus, Monday Oct. 13, 2014. According to its website, RHR has worked in the past 10 years with some 50 West Bank villages during the annual olive harvest to help "ensure the rights of thousands of farmers to plant, harvest and prune their olive trees" in areas said to be at risk for attacks by Israeli settlers. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

    Israeli activists from Rabbis For Human Rights and members of the Palestinian Awwad family pick olives in the West Bank village of Awarta, near Nablus, Monday Oct. 13, 2014. According to its website, RHR has worked in the past 10 years with some 50 West Bank villages during the annual olive harvest to help "ensure the rights of thousands of farmers to plant, harvest and prune their olive trees" in areas said to be at risk for attacks by Israeli settlers. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)  (The Associated Press)

Britain's ambassador to Israel says the British parliament's vote to recognize a Palestinian state shows the shifting public sentiment in Britain against Israel.

Matthew Gould told Israel Radio on Tuesday that the symbolic vote in the House of Commons reflects the view of Israel following the war in Gaza, which killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, the majority civilians, and more than 70 Israelis, the majority soldiers.

Gould said: "I think it is right to be concerned about what it signifies in terms of the direction of public opinion."

Israel's Foreign Ministry said the vote undermines chances for peace because Palestinian statehood should result only from talks with Israel.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and other government leaders abstained from the vote Monday.