This article is from the July issue of Total Politics
Israel shares the company of North Korea and Pakistan as one of the world’s most negatively-viewed countries, according to the BBC World Service annual Country Ratings Poll.
Only three countries – US, Nigeria and Kenya – have positive perceptions overall.
By contrast, negative perceptions of Israel vary hugely from 45 per cent in China to 68 per cent in Britain.
Muslim countries are, unsurprisingly, tougher still.
Perhaps most worrying is that in Israel’s neighbour Egypt, 85 per cent have negative perceptions.
If Israel is involved in pre-emptive action against Iran, this sentiment is likely to harden still further.
Andrew Hawkins is chairman of ComRes