Today’s State Department briefing. And spokesperson Victoria Nuland has nothing to say about the hunger strikers, even as the news is all over global media. She takes the question. Meaning she might get back with a statement later. These people are on the verge of death. Shameful. Oh but Sec’y Clinton congratulated Netanyahu on his new unity government.
QUESTION: Okay. And one – a couple more. On the Palestinian prisoner issue, I wonder if you are aware of the situation of striking – hunger striking Palestinian prisoners?
MS. NULAND: I don’t have anything for you on that, Said.
QUESTION: Well, do you have a position on the hunger strike of prisoners who have not been charged with anything and they have been held for a long time? They’ve gone today – their 70th day of a hunger strike. Thaer Halahla and many others, five others, are probably – are likely to – they could face – I mean, they could die in the next day or so. Would the United States Government take a position on that?
MS. NULAND: Well, let me take the question, Said, because frankly, I don’t have anything one way or the other. I don’t know if we have a comment on it.
QUESTION: Because, lastly, I mean, it – if something happens to these prisoners, it could be a flashpoint between Israelis and the Palestinians.
MS. NULAND: No, I understand the question. Let me take it, okay?
QUESTION: Thank you.