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Source: United States of America
9 June 2014



Marie Harf
Deputy Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing

Washington, DC
June 9, 2014

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ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS


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TRANSCRIPT:

1:20 p.m. EDT

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QUESTION: Okay. Moving on to the Palestinian issue and freedom of the press under occupation, today the Israeli forces raided the Palestine TV and arrested two of our colleagues, Nadar Bibars and Ashraf Shobaki, for no reason, and they confiscated a program that was being aired called Good Morning Jerusalem. Do you know about that?

MS. HARF: We’ve seen those reports that Israeli police entered a Palestinian TV studio in Jerusalem this morning, detained I think three people for questioning, understand that those three individuals have subsequently been released. We are right now seeking further information on this report, don’t have additional comment until we get more information.

QUESTION: Okay. So did you – you did inquire with the Israelis about this incident?

MS. HARF: We are inquiring about it. I don’t know if we have yet, but we are, we will be.

QUESTION: Because I think a lot of these equipment and so on are actually supplied by the U.S. as part of the aid at one time.

MS. HARF: We’re looking for more information. I’m sure we’ll have more to say over the coming days.

QUESTION: And I saw that yesterday you talked about the settlements, but since then the Israelis also announced another patch of settlements. Are you aware of that?

MS. HARF: I’m happy to check with our folks. I hadn’t seen those reports, but our position on settlements is longstanding and has not changed.

QUESTION: Do you find this to be cynical on the eve on the visit of President Abbas and President Peres with the Pope in Rome to pray for peace? Do you find this as provocative and cynical?

MS. HARF: Well, as I said yesterday, we’re deeply disappointed with the settlement announcements. I hadn’t seen the most recent ones, so I don’t want to comment on those. But in general, we believe these actions are unhelpful and are counterproductive to achieving a two-state outcome. We’ve also separately said that we know the Secretary has discussed Middle East peace with officials at the Vatican, as you all know, and obviously believe they can play a role in these discussions as well.

QUESTION: And lastly on this issue, can you tell us the status of Ambassador Indyk? Is he in this building? Is he around? Is he – Martin Indyk, where is he? What is he doing?

MS. HARF: I saw him in a meeting two days ago. I’m happy to check and see if he is in the building today. But he was in work – at work in Washington all week.

QUESTION: So for the time being, he remains in his position?

MS. HARF: Absolutely.

QUESTION: At State, Marie?

MS. HARF: Uh-huh. At the State Department.

QUESTION: You said at State Department?

MS. HARF: Yep. I was in a meeting with him just a few days ago in this building.

QUESTION: India?

MS. HARF: Yeah.

QUESTION: Any plans for him to return to the region?

MS. HARF: Not to my knowledge. I’m happy to check if there’s a travel update, but not to my knowledge at this point.

QUESTION: The same topic, please?

MS. HARF: Uh-huh. And then we’ll go to India.

QUESTION: Yes, please. Regarding the – whether the new coalition government or whatever you can call it, national coalition government, you are still believing that you can work with them?

MS. HARF: Nothing has changed. That’s correct.

QUESTION: Nothing has changed. And what is about – is there any change regarding the $440 million that people – some leaders in the Congress that opposing it?

MS. HARF: Well, I don’t have an update from where we were a few days ago, which is we’ve said we will continue to work with this interim technocratic government, which again does not have any ministers from Hamas in it, but we will continue to judge it by its actions going forward. I don’t have an update on funding. We’ve said we’ll work with Congress on what this looks like going forward.

QUESTION: So it’s on hold, or what?

MS. HARF: I wouldn’t use that term. We said we’ll continue working with Congress and we’ll figure out where this goes from here.

QUESTION: Have you sent any recent congressional notifications of an intent to disburse any of that money?

MS. HARF: Since the announcement of the formation of the technocratic government?

QUESTION: Yes.

MS. HARF: No, we have not.

QUESTION: Thank you.

MS. HARF: I can check and see if there’s any additional updates about what might be coming, but not to my knowledge on any details.

QUESTION: That would be helpful. Thank you.

MS. HARF: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: Every disbursement needs to be authorized by Congress, or there’s a blanket way for --

MS. HARF: I can check on the legal underpinnings. I don’t know if there is a money – if it has to be over a certain amount or – I just don’t know. I’m happy to check. But we work with Congress on this all the time.

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