On the eve of yesterday’s vote, Joly, who waited two whole months before deploring Hamas’ systematic rape and sexual assault of Israeli women, said that Israel had to conduct its operations in Gaza in accordance with international humanitarian law.
And hours before the resolution was formally presented, she said, “From the very beginning, we have said that Israel has the right to defend itself. But how Israel defends itself matters.” She added that Israel’s conduct of the war “will not lead to the durable defeat of Hamas,” but insisted nonetheless that Hamas must surrender and release the remaining hostages.
A day before the resolution was introduced, Joly met the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Palestinian Authority in Ottawa.
And hours before the Canadian ambassador voted for it, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in a joint statement, unequivocally condemned Hamas’ terrorist attacks in southern Israel on October 7, which claimed the lives of 1,200 Israelis and foreigners and resulted in the kidnapping of 240 men, women, children and babies.
Decrying “heinous acts of violence perpetrated in those attacks, including sexual violence,” Canada condemned Hamas’ “unacceptable treatment of hostages” and called for their immediate and unconditional release.