Palestinians seek safety after an Israeli bombardment in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
The declaration by Canada, Australia and New Zealand also recognizes that Israel has the right to exist and defend, while respecting international humanitarian law. The price to pay for defeating Hamas cannot be the continued suffering of all Palestinian civilians, the prime ministers say.
More than 20,000 Palestinians have been killed since Israel began its bombing of Gaza in response to the October 7 attacks, according to local authorities, and nearly 85 percent of the territory's 2.3 million residents were driven from their homes.
The Advisory Center for Jewish and Israeli Relations shared an excerpt from the video on Wednesday on the X platform, deploring that Hamas, a terrorist entity, listed as such by Canada, thanks, salutes and glorifies the government's new position in the war in the Middle East.
This is what happens when Hamas is not held accountable for its actions!, writes the organization , who said last week that he was disgusted by Canada's vote at the UN.
Hamas thanked the Canadian government for its support 'to isolate the fascist Israeli government globally and to end the longest occupation of our time' #x27;.
A few hours later, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, issued a statement on unequivocally condemned the terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas against Israel.
People gather to inspect the rubble of a building destroyed by Israeli bombardments in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on December 19, 2023.
Our statement was clear: for a ceasefire to be lasting, Hamas must release all hostages, stop using civilians Palestinians as human shields and lay down their weapons, wrote Minister Joly. Hamas does not represent the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.
Mr. Trudeau did not explain Thursday how the Palestinians would govern themselves without Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since 2007. Instead, the prime minister reiterated Canada's condemnation of the group.
Hamas is responsible for the cold-blooded execution of more than 1,000 Israeli citizens on October 7 and has vowed to continue these attacks for a long time, a declared Mr. Trudeau. We must build a secure and free Israel alongside a secure and free Palestinian state, he recalled.
This is the work we need to do and we are absolutely committed to it. This is why we are calling for humanitarian pauses as quickly as possible and are urgently working on a ceasefire with our international partners.
Mr. Trudeau said discussions with other G7 countries, as well as those in the Middle East, are aiming for such an outcome.