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Canada will present “in the coming weeks” a sanctions regime against “extremist” Israeli settlers in the Palestinian territories as well as new sanctions against Hamas leaders.

In an interview on the show Les Coulisses du politique which will be broadcast Sunday on ICI Radio-Canada, the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, confirmed that the Canadian government is actively working on this issue and will be able to make announcements in the coming weeks.

Joly, who is making a surprise visit to Ukraine, said Canada remains committed to finding a way to end the fighting and is working toward a long-term solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

The reality is that we absolutely need an agreement to release the hostages, and that is the only way we can possibly achieve a truce humanitarian which will lead to a lasting ceasefire, she declared.

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Mélanie Joly, who is visiting Ukraine, spoke by videoconference with Daniel Thibeault on the show “ Behind the scenes of power.”

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Minister Joly also stressed the importance of ensuring that Hamas lays down its arms. It's the first step before starting the conversation she says is sorely needed about the two-state solution.

Because the Palestinian state must eventually be recognized and Israelis and Palestinians must be able to live alongside each other, in peace and security.

A quote from Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said settler violence in the West Bank is absolutely unacceptable and jeopardizes peace and stability in the region. He added that his government was considering sanctions against extremist settlers.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (File photo)

These statements come following a decision by the United States to impose sanctions against four settlers, accused of attacks or acts of terrorism against Palestinians, or even gestures that undermine peace, stability and security in the territory occupied by Israel.

Sanctioned settlers are now banned from entering the United States and their assets will be frozen. In early December, the United States had already announced visa restrictions against extremist Israeli settlers.

For its part, the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu has ardent defenders of colonization, notably the Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, leader of the far-right Jewish Force party.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Archive photo)

Reacting to the American decree, Mr. Netanyahu said he believed there was no room for sanctions against Israeli settlers, affirming that the majority of these settlers are law-abiding citizens.

For Mélanie Joly, long-term peace in the region is only possible following fundamental changes on both sides.

We need a new, modernized Palestinian Authority. We also need a government in Jerusalem that is able to accept that, indeed, the creation of a Palestinian state alongside the Israeli state is the best thing to do, she concluded by specifying that conversations along these lines were taking place within the G7 countries.

With information from Daniel Thibault

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