Israeli civilians are living through their own version of the Blitz, the Israeli ambassador to the UK has said as as diplomatic efforts continued to find ways to end the escalating conflict in Gaza.

In an appeal for support for Israeli military action from the British public, Daniel Taub compares the Hamas rocket attacks on Israeli cities to Nazi Germany's bombing raids on Britain during the Second World War.

Writing on The Huffington Post UK on Tuesday, Taub says that just as Hitler wanted to "terrorise and cow" the people of Britain with bombing raids on their cities, "over one million Israelis have been forced to live under similar conditions, seeking refuge in bomb shelters as a result of thousands of Hamas rocket and mortar attacks".

"While the rockets targeting Israeli civilians – men, women, and children – do not carry as deadly a payload as that of the German bombs of World War II, their aim is equally sinister and illegitimate: to instill fear in the hearts of Israelis and undermine their right to live in a free and independent state," he says.

On Monday more than 100 rockets were fired into Israel by Hamas and last week three Israeli were killed by a rocket attack on the town of Kiryat Malachi.

"In recent months, over one seventh of Israel's population have found themselves within range of rocket fire, having to live their lives within 15-30 seconds of the closest bomb shelter in case the siren sounds," Taub says.

"Children have been unable to attend school for extended periods, growing up experiencing the trauma of life in the danger zone.

"Showing remarkable courage and restraint in the face of this intolerable reality, these Israelis have tried to maintain a semblance of normalcy, while the Israeli government continued to hold out hope that a non-military resolution of the situation might be reached."

At least 100 people are believed to have died in the Gaza Strip in the last six days, including nine children in attacks on Sunday, as the Israel Defence Force continues its assault against palestinian targets.

On Monday Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Israel as a "terrorist state" for engaging in the the "massacre of children" during its bombardments of Gaza.

But Taub insists the Israeli military is "doing its utmost to avoid injuring the innocent Palestinians".

He adds: "Moreover, refusing to ignore the plight of Gaza’s civilian population, which suffers under the yoke of Hamas rule, Israel has transferred nearly 100 trucks loaded with food and medical supplies into Gaza since the operation began and has also afforded medical treatment to 26 Gazans who are being cared for in Israeli hospitals."

However former Labour cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw says Israel's recent actions have contributed to the current crisis.

Writing on the Huffington Post UK, Bradshaw said: "Yes, the Israelis withdrew from Gaza in 2005 but Israel’s continued blockade has strangled Gaza’s economy and only served to encourage the militants.

"The relentless expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, particularly around Jerusalem, make it increasingly hard to see how a two state solution could be possible."

And Bradshaw warns time is running out for president Obama and the United States to bring the two sides to the table.

He says: "If Obama doesn’t want to go down in history as the American President who missed the last chance for a two state solution he must not only act now to stop the bloodshed but devote serious American engagement to getting peace talks going again."

President Obama called Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to discuss the ongoing violence.

British foreign secretary William Hague praised Egyptian ceasefire negotiations for averting an Israeli ground invasion so far in the Gaza crisis.

Foreign Secretary William Hague is expected to update MPs on the fighting in a statement to the House of Commons later this afternoon.

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  • Smoke rises following an Israeli attack on smuggling tunnels on the border between Egypt and Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)

  • A Palestinian demonstrator holds a poster depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holding a leashed dog superimposed with the head U.S. President Barack Obama, with illustrations of Israel's separation barrier on the left and the gates of Auschwitz Nazi death camp on the right, during a protest against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip, near the West Bank city of Nablus, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

  • The dead body of a Palestinian woman from the Abdel Aal family is pulled out from the rubble after the family house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighbourhood, Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)

  • A member of the Abdel Aal family is rescued after his family house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighbourhood, Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)

  • Palestinians carry bodies of members of the Daloo family during their funeral in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. At least eleven members of the Daloo family were killed on Sunday when an Israeli missile struck the two-story home of the family in a residential area of Gaza City. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • The body of 11-month old Ibrahim Daloo is carried by mourners past reporters during a funeral for members of the Daloo family in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Eleven members of the Daloo family were killed on Sunday when an Israeli missile struck the two-story home of the family in a residential area of Gaza City. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Palestinians pray over the bodies of farmers Amin Bashir, 40, and Tamer Bashir, 30, during their funeral in Deir Al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The Palestinian civilian death toll mounted Monday as Israeli aircraft struck densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip in its campaign to quell militant rocket fire menacing nearly half of Israel's population. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians pray over the bodies of farmers Amin Bashir, 40, and Tamer Bashir, 30, during their funeral in Deir Al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The Palestinian civilian death toll mounted Monday as Israeli aircraft struck densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip in its campaign to quell militant rocket fire menacing nearly half of Israel's population. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinian mourners carry the body of farmer Amin Bashir, 40, during his funeral in Deir Al Balah, central Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The Palestinian civilian death toll mounted Monday as Israeli aircraft struck densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip in its campaign to quell militant rocket fire menacing nearly half of Israel's population. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • A protester from a student union shouts slogans during a protest outside Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The protest was against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip, near the West Bank city of Nablus. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • A protester from a student union shouts slogans during a protest outside Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The protest was against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip, near the West Bank city of Nablus. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • Protesters from various student unions shout slogans during a protest outside Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The protest was against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip, near the West Bank city of Nablus. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • Smoke trails are seen after ordnance were fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza City towards southern Israel, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Protesters from various student unions shout slogans during a protest outside Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The protest was against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip, near the West Bank city of Nablus. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • Smoke and fire are seen from an explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Pakistani students light candles to condemn the Israeli offensive in Gaza in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil))

  • Smoke is seen from an explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Smoke and fire are seen from an explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • A Palestinian inspects damaged cars following an Israeli air strike in Rafah southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Hatem Omar)

  • Fire is seen from the explosion at a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Smoke and fire are seen from the explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

  • Israeli police sappers remove the remains of an ordnance fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip that landed in the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Exchange of fire between Israel and Gaza militants continued for the sixth day on Monday.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • Palestinians carry injured people after an Israeli strike on a building in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Palestinians firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli strike on a building of Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Palestinians firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli strike on a building of Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Israeli border policemen run during a protest against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip near the West Bank city of Nablus, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

  • Israeli women take cover in a stairwell as a siren signals the warning of incoming rockets in the coastal city of Ashkelon, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

  • Palestinians remove debris from a building that was damaged after an Israeli strike, in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Palestinians carry an injured man after an Israeli strike on a building, in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

  • Israeli soldiers lie on the ground as an Iron Dome missile is launched near the city of Ashdod, Israel, Monday Nov 19. 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Moti Milrod) ISRAEL OUT

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    A Palestinian youth throws a rock at Israeli border gaurds during clashes in the West Bank town of Nablus, on November 18, 2012, as Palestinian across the territories protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip. Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would not negotiate a truce with Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers as long as rocket fire continues from the Palestinian enclave. AFP PHOTO / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Palestinian stone thrower jumps as tear gas is fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank town of Nablus, on November 18, 2012, as Palestinian across the territories protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip. Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would not negotiate a truce with Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers as long as rocket fire continues from the Palestinian enclave. AFP PHOTO / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Israeli soldier smokes a cigarette next to a convey of tanks at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border as they prepare for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 10 Palestinians raising the toll to 87, as Israel pushed raids against Gaza militants into a sixth day amid a flurry of efforts to broker a truce. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Israeli soldiers from a tank squadron check their weapons at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border on November 19, 2012. The Israeli cabinet gave its green light for the recruitment of up to 75,000 reservists, Channel 2 television said, amid signs that Israel was gearing up for a ground offensive in Gaza. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Israeli soldier sits on top of a tank at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border as they prepare for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 10 Palestinians raising the toll to 87, as Israel pushed raids against Gaza militants into a sixth day amid a flurry of efforts to broker a truce. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Israeli soldiers wearing 'Talit' (prayer shawls) and 'Tefilin' (phylacteries) conduct morning prayers at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border as they prepare for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave on November 19, 2012. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel is ready to 'significantly expand' its operation against militants in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip as it entered its sixth day. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier sits in his tank in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

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    An Israeli soldier sleeps on top of a tank at an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border as they prepare for a potential ground operation in the Palestinian coastal enclave on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 10 Palestinians raising the toll to 87, as Israel pushed raids against Gaza militants into a sixth day amid a flurry of efforts to broker a truce. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An Israeli soldier from a tank squadron wearing 'Talit' (prayer shawls) prays on top of a tank in an Israeli army deployment area near the Israel-Gaza Strip border on November 19, 2012. The Israeli cabinet gave its green light for the recruitment of up to 75,000 reservists, Channel 2 television said, amid signs that Israel was gearing up for a ground offensive in Gaza. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier walks in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: An Israeli soldier on route to the border with Gaza gestures a victory sign on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    Supporters of Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI - Movement for Justice) carry placards during an anti-Israel protest in Islamabad on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 13 Palestinians on November 19, hiking the Gaza death toll to 91 as global efforts to broker a truce to end the worst violence in four years gathered pace. AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Israeli soldiers look on a as Palestinian students from the Birzeit University clash with Israeli soldiers at the Atara checkpoint close to the university as they protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip, on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip killed 13 people, raising the Palestinian death toll to 90 as Israel's relentless air campaign entered its sixth day. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: A man sits on a discarded armchair on a hill overlooking Gaza as Israeli forces continue to bombard Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    Pakistani activists of Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba (IJT), a student wing of fundamentalist party Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), shout anti-Israel slogans during a protest in Karachi on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 13 Palestinians on November 19, hiking the Gaza death toll to 91 as global efforts to broker a truce to end the worst violence in four years gathered pace. AFP PHOTO/Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A dog hides in his kennel as a Birzeit University Palestinian student holding rocks looks towards clashes with Israeli soldiers at the Atara checkpoint close to the university as they protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip, on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip killed 13 people, raising the Palestinian death toll to 90 as Israel's relentless air campaign entered its sixth day. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: A plume of smoke rises above Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    Birzeit University students takes cover behind the university's sign during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the Atara checkpoint close to the university as they protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip, on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes across the Gaza Strip killed 13 people, raising the Palestinian death toll to 90 as Israel's relentless air campaign entered its sixth day. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Pakistani activists of Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba (IJT), a student wing of fundamentalist party Jamaat-i-Islami (JI), shout anti-Israel slogans during a protest in Karachi on November 19, 2012. Israeli air strikes killed 13 Palestinians on November 19, hiking the Gaza death toll to 91 as global efforts to broker a truce to end the worst violence in four years gathered pace. AFP PHOTO/Rizwan TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)