Downing Street responded with a statement accusing Miliband of "playing politics" as the death toll of Palestinians exceeded 1,650 and Israel confirmed that it had lost 63 soldiers and three civilians, its highest death toll since the 2006 Lebanon war.
In a further effort to deflect Labour's attacks, the foreign secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday that the effect of the Israeli bombing on Gaza's civilian population was "intolerable".
Hammond told The Sunday Telegraph: "The British public has a strong sense that the situation in Gaza is simply intolerable and must be addressed - and we agree with them.
"There must be a humanitarian ceasefire that is without conditions. We have to get the killing to stop." http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/02/ed-miliband-david-cameron-inexplicable-silence-gaza