Trudeau Gets Push Back After Calling for Ceasefire In Israel-Hamas War

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing backlash for Canada’s vote at the United Nations General Assembly, calling for a ceasefire in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The move has ignited criticism, with some accusing Canada of displaying a hypocritical foreign policy stance.

The controversy stems from Canada’s initial statement, which outlined conditions for a ceasefire, including demands that Hamas release hostages, cease using Palestinians as human shields, lay down its arms, and surrender control of Gaza. Canada also reiterated its support for Israel’s right to exist and defend itself while condemning Hamas for heinous acts, including sexual violence on October 7.

However, only hours later, Canada voted in favor of a UN General Assembly resolution supporting a ceasefire. Critics argue that the resolution fails to hold Hamas accountable for war crimes, neglects to condemn these actions, and refrains from urging Hamas to disarm and surrender.

The rapid shift in Canada’s stance has raised questions about the decision-making process. Foreign Minister Melanie Joly confirmed consulting with other countries but notably excluded Israel from discussions, adding another layer of concern.

The Canadian Jewish community expressed disappointment, emphasizing that the vote will contribute to heightened antisemitism in Canada. The decision, especially during the celebration of Chanukah, is perceived as a disregard for Israel’s right to defend itself and an affront to the community.

Former Liberal MP and Chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Michael Levitt expressed dismay, noting that the resolution failed to condemn Hamas for its atrocities on October 7, including murder, rape, and torture. The shift in policy sends a clear message that the Canadian government may not fully support its Jewish population.

Despite the controversy, Joly clarified the country’s position, expressing concerns about Israel’s military conduct in Gaza, highlighting the need to protect Palestinian civilians. She mentioned that Canada would eventually support an “accountability system” to investigate Israel’s military actions but stopped short of demanding an immediate ceasefire.

As the UN General Assembly is expected to vote on a non-binding resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Canada’s stance remains under scrutiny. Joly stated that Canada is still evaluating different versions of the resolution and negotiating potential amendments.

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