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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu

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Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Prime Minister expressed Canada’s support for Israel and its right to defend itself in accordance with international law, in the face of Hamas’ brutal attacks. The two leaders agreed on the need for the immediate release of all hostages held in Gaza. The two leaders also discussed ongoing efforts to get foreign citizens out of Gaza and the Prime Minister thanked Prime Minister Netanyahu for Israel’s assurances that Canadians in Gaza will be able to leave in the coming days. 

The Prime Minister reaffirmed the importance of upholding international humanitarian law and making every effort to protect Palestinian civilians. He also highlighted his deep concerns with the dire humanitarian crisis, and reiterated Canada’s position on the immediate need to create conditions for urgent and necessary humanitarian aid to flow into Gaza.

The two leaders denounced Hamas’ continued terror and discussed the risk of potential escalation in the region. Prime Minister Trudeau underscored Canada’s enduring support for a two-state solution and for the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace, dignity, and security.

Noting that Canada stands against all forms of hate, the Prime Minister recognized the disturbing rise of antisemitism around the world, including in Canada, and the impact of the October 7 attack on Canada’s Jewish community.

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

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