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Trudeau's spokeswoman: expect a shift in Canada's policy towards the Middle East

Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called last Friday (October 23) Justin Trudeau to congratulate him on his victory in the federal elections, but both sides abstained at the time from issuing any official announcement about the conversation and its content.

Talking to the Canadian Press, Kate Purchase, Trudeau's spokeswoman, described the conversation between Trudeau and Netanyahu as a "very positive call" adding that Trudeau "explained there would be a shift in tone but Canada would continue to be a friend of Israel's." Rafael Barak, Israel's ambassador to Canada, said that Netanyahu invited Trudeau to visit Israel.

On the other side, Hamdi Abu Ali, the Palestinian charge d'affaires in Ottawa, wishes to see a turnabout in Canadian - Palestinian relations. "We hope this new government will join the international community and recognize the state of Palestine," Abu Ali said in an exclusive interview to the Ottawa Citizen. "We are confident that Canada will start to see us as a people who want to join other nations in having their own independence and their own sovereignty."

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