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State Department Spokesperson John Kirby has trouble answering "yes" or "no" when asked a series of questions by journalists. Below are a few examples.
QUESTION: Okay. When the Secretary – well, when the Secretary was in Jordan and he announced this camera, the CC – closed circuit television or whatever it’s going to be, the cameras at the Temple Mount --
...QUESTION: So the Jordanians have welcomed this. The Israelis have welcomed it. Waqf has welcomed it. The only people who don’t seem to be too thrilled about this idea are the Palestinians. Is this a disappointment to you? Do you think that this is a mistake, them not embracing this proposal?
MR KIRBY: I think we’d let the Palestinian Authority speak for themselves in terms of --
QUESTION: Well, can I ask one on this? I mean, so you had very specific things that you were looking for the prime minister to do in terms of this camera, making this announcement about the status quo and the Temple Mount and such, but you were also looking for President Abbas to take certain steps to try to end incitement and speak out in terms of violence against innocent civilians. Do you think that President Abbas has taken enough leadership in terms of trying to put an end to this kind of violence?
MR KIRBY: We continue --
...MR KIRBY: We continue to want all sides, as I said earlier, to --
QUESTION: That’s not – wasn’t my question.
MR KIRBY: I know that’s not your question. We want all sides --
QUESTION: You got – you want both sides to take steps, and you specifically saw --
...QUESTION: You specifically saw a step by Prime Minister Netanyahu, whether the --
MR KIRBY: Which we welcomed.
QUESTION: Which you welcomed, but I don’t see you welcoming any steps by President Abbas, maybe because that’s – he hasn’t taken any?
MR KIRBY: I’m going to leave it the way I said it.
...QUESTION: Secretary Kerry specifically called on Palestinian leaders to speak out against incitement. Have you seen these statements?
MR KIRBY: I would just say we continue to want that as the goal. We want --
QUESTION: Well, by saying that you continue to want that, that would suggest that you haven’t seen it.
MR KIRBY: I think it’s something that we want to see continuously observed, which is a continuous effort --
QUESTION: Well, are you seeing that now?
MR KIRBY: We want to see a continuous effort by all sides --
QUESTION: Well, are you seeing a continuous effort?
MR KIRBY: We want to see a continuous effort by all sides going forward.