Mr. Ignatieff sought again yesterday to temper the tone of his "war- crime" remark without retracting it, and made the unexpected announcement that he will take part in a three-day visit to Israel next month organized for MPs by the Canada-Israel Committee. The trip will include a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.So now Igantieff has described Qana as no big deal, a war crime and a tragedy. Let's see what he says after Olmert has explained it to him.
Mr. Ignatieff said it was unacceptable for Mr. Harper to label his war-crime remark anti-Israel because it was based on reports by groups such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Israeli rights watchdog group B'Tselem -- although he acknowledged that Israel contests those accounts.
"But it is precisely because there is a debate on that -- the reports that I cited are controversial, they are not accepted by the state of Israel -- that I will visit Israel to listen to their point of view," Mr. Ignatieff told reporters in Toronto.
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