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 Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Minister Benny Gantz, a member of Israel’s War Cabinet, to discuss the situation in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank.

The Prime Minister shared his concern around Israel’s planned offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and the severe humanitarian implications for all civilians taking refuge in the area. The Prime Minister added that the protection of civilians is paramount and a requirement under international humanitarian law.

The Prime Minister unequivocally condemned Hamas and its brutal attacks against Israel, including the use of civilians as human shields, and underscored Canada’s position that Hamas must lay down its arms and release all hostages immediately. The Prime Minister also stressed the need for continued support from Israel in facilitating the exit of Canadians and their families from Gaza.

Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated the importance of renewing efforts and engaging all regional actors toward a two-state solution to secure lasting peace in the region.

Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Gantz reaffirmed the strong relationship between Israel and Canada and agreed to remain in contact as the situation evolves.


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