Prime Minister Stephen Harper waded into the incendiary debate over Liberal leadership front-runner Michael Ignatieff's charge that Israel has committed a "war crime" in Lebanon, blasting the entire Grit hopeful lineup for what he called their "anti-Israeli position."
When asked about the term "war crime" to describe Israel's action against Hezbollah in Lebanon, Harper told reporters at a press conference on Thursday that he found the usage inappropriate, saying "I don't support that view."
But the prime minister went one step further, taking a jab not only at Ignatieff, but the entire lineup of Liberal leadership hopefuls.
"This is consistent with the anti-Israeli position that has been taken with virtually all of the candidates of the Liberal leadership, and I don't think it's helpful or useful."
Ignatieff's Liberal leadership rivals begged to differ.
Earlier, Rae noted to reporters that his wife and family are Jewish and said that Harper should be embarrassed to make such a "disgraceful" and "divisive" comment. More...