Trudeau and Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night responded to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had blasted Israel earlier and said that the "killing of women, of children, of babies" in the Gaza Strip must end.

“It is not Israel that is deliberately targeting civilians but Hamas that beheaded, burned and massacred civilians in the worst horrors perpetrated on Jews since the Holocaust,” Netanyahu wrote in a statement posted to X and in which he tagged Trudeau.

“While Israel is doing everything to keep civilians out of harm’s way, Hamas is doing everything to keep them in harm’s way,” he added.

“Israel provides civilians in Gaza humanitarian corridors and safe zones, Hamas prevents them from leaving at gunpoint. It is Hamas, not Israel, that should be held accountable for committing a double war crime - targeting civilians while hiding behind civilians,” wrote Netanyahu.

“The forces of civilization must back Israel in defeating Hamas barbarism,” he concluded.

The Canadian Prime Minister had said earlier, "I urge the government of Israel to exercise maximum restraint. The world is watching, on TV, on social media - we're hearing the testimonies of doctors, family members, survivors, kids who have lost their parents.”

"The world is witnessing this killing of women, of children, of babies. This has to stop," the Prime Minister was quoted as having told a news conference in the western province of British Columbia.

Trudeau also said Hamas needed to stop using civilians as human shields and should release all its hostages.

Trudeau spoke to Netanyahu at the beginning of October, a day after Hamas’ murderous attack on Israel, telling Netanyahu that he “unequivocally condemned Hamas’ large-scale attacks against Israel and expressed his deep condolences to Prime Minister Netanyahu for the hundreds of lives lost.”

The two spoke again at the start of November, when Trudeau “expressed Canada’s support for Israel and its right to defend itself in accordance with international law, in the face of Hamas’ brutal attacks,” said a statement from the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office.

The Canadian Prime Minister was also a signatory to a joint statement by the leaders of several countries who expressed support for Israel’s right to self-defense, while reiterating the need to protect civilians.