Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Israel War Cabinet member Minister Benny Gantz

Israel War Cabinet member Minister Benny Gantz (source: Israel National News)

On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Minister Benny Gantz, a member of Israel’s War Cabinet.

Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated Canada’s support for Israel’s right to defend itself in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law. He unequivocally condemned Hamas, its brutal terrorist attacks against Israel, and its unacceptable treatment of hostages. He called for the immediate and unconditional release of all remaining hostages.

Prime Minister Trudeau stressed the importance of the protection of civilians and ensuring safe and unimpeded access to life-saving humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza. The Prime Minister called for continued, significant humanitarian pauses and expressed support for urgent international efforts toward a sustainable ceasefire, underscoring that this cannot be one-sided. Hamas must stop using civilians as human shields, lay down its arms, and can play no role in the future governance of Gaza.

The Prime Minister and the Minister discussed the Middle East peace process and the importance of continuing to work toward a lasting peace in the region. They reaffirmed the strong bond between Israel and Canada and agreed to remain in contact as the situation continues to evolve.


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