I guess at the point where they actually sit down and decide on something other than the menu for lunch, we’ve made progress right? Meanwhile did you hear the one about the Grad war rocket we shot down over Eilat last night?
QUESTION: Could you give us just a brief synopsis of the progress that Senator Mitchell has made in his months on the job?
MR. KELLY: Well, I think we have – we’ve gotten –
QUESTION: Yeah, maybe if the –
MR. KELLY: – both sides to agree on this goal. We have gotten both sides –
QUESTION: Ian, they agreed on the goal years ago. I mean, that’s not –
MR. KELLY: Well, I think that we – this government –
QUESTION: You mean you got the Israel Government to say, yes, we’re willing to accept a Palestinian state? You got Netanyahu to say that, and that’s his big accomplishment?
MR. KELLY: That is an accomplishment.
QUESTION: But previous Israeli administration – previous Israeli governments had agreed to that already.
MR. KELLY: Okay, all right.
QUESTION: So in other words, the bottom line is that, in the list of accomplishments that Mitchell has come up with or established since he started, is zero.
MR. KELLY: I wouldn’t say zero.
QUESTION: Well, then what would you say it is?
MR. KELLY: Well, I would say that we’ve gotten both sides to commit to this goal. They have – we have – we’ve had a intensive round or rounds of negotiations, the President brought the two leaders together in New York. Look –
QUESTION: But wait, hold on. You haven’t had any intense –
MR. KELLY: Obviously –
QUESTION: There haven’t been any negotiations.
MR. KELLY: Obviously, we’re not even in the red zone yet, okay.
QUESTION: Thank you.
MR. KELLY: I mean, we’re not – but it’s – we are less than a year into this Administration, and I think we’ve accomplished more over the last year than the previous administration did in eight years.
QUESTION: Well, I – really, because the previous administration actually had them sitting down talking to each other. You guys can’t even get that far.
MR. KELLY: All right.
QUESTION: I’ll drop it.
MR. KELLY: Give us a chance. Thank you, Matt.
Daily Press Briefing – November 17, 2009 - Time code 14:58 for this bit.
I love Matt Lee of AP.
And here he is again: