OTTAWA – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the situation in Israel and Gaza:
"The Liberal Party of Canada strongly condemns Hamas' rejection of the Egyptian ceasefire proposal and its rocket attacks on civilians.
"Israel should be commended for having accepted the ceasefire proposal, and demonstrating its commitment to peace. The Liberal Party of Canada, and many in the international community including the United States, the U.N. Security Council, and the Palestinian Authority, had urged a ceasefire that could have ended the tragic civilian loss of life in Gaza and the suffering of Israelis under terrorist attack.
"Israel has the right to defend itself and its people. Hamas is a terrorist organization and must cease its rocket attacks immediately."