Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s call for Israel to use maximum restraint in connection with the killings of babies, women and children in Gaza was met with a sharp rebuttal by Netanyahu who said, “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.”
Addressing a press conference, Trudeau made his sharpest comment on the crisis since the beginning of the war as he said the “killing of women, of children, of babies” must stop even as Canada maintained that Israel had the right to defend itself against Hamas. “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,” he said.
“The world is witnessing this killing of women, of children, of babies. This has to stop,” he added.
Trudeau also said Hamas should release all hostages and stop using Palestinians as human shields.
Responding to Trudeau, Netanyahu posted on social media platform X that Israel was not deliberately targeting civilians but it was Hamas that inflicted atrocities on civilians in the “worst horrors perpetrated on Jews since the Holocaust”.
He said, “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. 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, “It is Hamas, not Israel that should be held accountable for committing a double war crime – targeting civilians while hiding behind civilians.”
Medical officials Gaza said over 11,000 people have been killed in Israeli strikes so far and 40 per cent of the victims were children while many are still trapped under rubble.