Trudeau reaffirms support for Israel in its war with Hamas

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Que. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday to express Canada’s continued support for Israel in the wake of its ongoing war with the Hamas militant group.

Palestinian militants launched a large-scale invasion against Israel last month from the Gaza Strip, killing hundreds and taking others hostage. Western leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden and Trudeau, have condemned the attacks.

Canada’s prime minister said Ottawa supports Israel’s right to defend itself in accordance with international law in the face of what he called “brutal attacks” by Hamas.

“I spoke about the need for humanitarian pauses, so aid can be delivered, and I reiterated that the price of justice cannot be the continued suffering of all Palestinian civilians,” Trudeau said in a post on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

Trudeau thanked Netanyahu for Israel’s assurances that Canadians in Gaza will be able to leave in the coming days. The pair have also agreed to stay in contact as the situation develops.