Washington, DC — Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:
QUESTION: Yes, Egypt.
MS. NULAND: Egypt, yeah.
QUESTION: Yesterday, you were pretty clear that you wanted to see President Morsi repudiate his comments himself. You mentioned that there was a CODEL there in town. They met with President Morsi yesterday and they expressed their displeasure, according to the members of the CODEL.
MS. NULAND: I think it was today they're meeting.
QUESTION: Well, then maybe the meeting was today.
MS. NULAND: Yeah.
QUESTION: But they were there yesterday as well. Anyway, apparently there's an Egyptian presidential spokesman has come out and said that President Morsi's comments made - when he made them were taken out of context and that he was not referring to individuals or races of people but rather to racist policies of a country. Is that the kind of repudiation you're looking for?
MS. NULAND: I'm going to say to you, Matt, that I frankly haven't seen what President Morsi's spokesperson has said, so let me - nor have I had a readout on the CODEL's meeting with him.
MS. NULAND: So let us just pledge to you that we'll get an update on Egypt for tomorrow.
QUESTION: Well, okay, but --
QUESTION: Could you get that one today?
QUESTION: If that's --
MS. NULAND: Let me see if we have anything further to share today.
QUESTION: If that's what - I mean, if that's what they're going to say and they think that that's case closed, basically, is that your view? I mean, would that be a sufficient repudiation for you to no longer have concerns about the statements?
MS. NULAND: Again, I haven't seen it so I can't evaluate it, nor have I had a chance --
QUESTION: You mean you're not going to trust me on this one? (Laughter.)
MS. NULAND: You know, Matt, I generally trust you, but I think I'm going to get a sense of how our Embassy understood it and what follow-up action that they've had.
Anything else? All right --
QUESTION: Well, no, wait. There was one - there was a question yesterday about the Palestinian - about some E1 activity, and then I had a question. It was about the South Hebron Hills. Did you - was there an answer to the second part? I know the E1 question was answered yesterday.
MS. NULAND: With regard to Hebron Hills, this is with regard to the hearings --
MS. NULAND: -- that are ongoing at the Israeli High Court of Justice.
We're obviously aware of the hearings. We're watching that situation closely. The hearings are ongoing, as you know.
QUESTION: And I - okay, understandably, but - and I understand that this is also in the Israeli legal system right now. But do you have any opinion on whether these evictions are legal or even - or do they - would they fall under the category of unilateral action that would be a provocative act?
MS. NULAND: I don't think it's going to be appropriate to comment here on an ongoing legal case in Israel while it's ongoing.