TAPPER: One last question. On the subject of Israel, in the last few weeks, whether it comes to the U.S. lobbying against the declaration of statehood or whatever for the Palestinians, the very successful results of the Iron Dome and the U.S. support for Israeli military activities in Gaza, the U.S. has been very steadfastly standing by Israel. I’m wondering, in light of that, other than you expressing displeasure and any paper statements that have gone out on the matter, what the Obama administration, what the president has done or any of his emissaries to express displeasure with what the Israelis are doing right now in terms of settlements and other things described as punitive actions against the Palestinians.
CARNEY: Well, I would refer you to the State Department for communications that may be taking place, as they do on a daily basis, with the Israelis.
TAPPER: So the president hasn’t called Bibi?
CARNEY: I don’t have any conversations of the president’s to read out. But you know, I want to be clear. We oppose unilateral actions that make a return to bilateral negotiations harder.
We oppose, as we long have, Israeli settlement activity and construction in East Jerusalem because they are counterproductive to what we believe is the goal here and should be the goal, which is Israel and a Palestinian state side by side, living in security and freedom. So –
TAPPER: Did we know — did the U.S. know about this before the Netanyahu government announced it?
CARNEY: You know, I wouldn’t — I would refer you to the State Department for those kinds of communications. I can just tell you that –
TAPPER: But in the past, they’ve done it without notifying. In fact, I believe there was one time in — when it was — Netanyahu was arriving here and the announcement was made.
CARNEY: I don’t have information to give you –
TAPPER: When you worked for the vice president — you must remember, when you — when the vice president arrived in Israel one time there was an announcement. That must have been fun.
CARNEY: I can just tell you, Jake, that I don’t have any specific information about those communications between the Israeli government and this administration. We — I don’t think we could be clearer about our position that we oppose unilateral actions that make the return to bilateral negotiations harder. We oppose Israeli settlement activity and construction in East Jerusalem and, you know, we’re obviously communicating that.
TAPPER: But there’s no consequences. They’ll do whatever and you’ll –
CARNEY: Yeah, I don’t have anything additional to provide to you on that.
‘That must have been fun’? Feisty! Go Jake. He’s no Matt Lee but I hope this is the beginning of a trend.