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Robert Gibbs vs Helen Thomas:

Yes, ma’am.

Q    What is this threat from Iran?  Who has –

MR. GIBBS:  Well, I think if you match the rhetoric of their leadership in wiping Israel off the map –

Q    I’ve seen the rhetoric of United States and Israel, as well, that –

MR. GIBBS:  I’m sorry?

Q    There’s been rhetoric, amazing rhetoric in the last two or three years against Iran.

MR. GIBBS:  Well, I don’t think I would match the rhetoric of President Obama with the rhetoric of Iranian leadership in threatening and vowing to seek the capability –

Q    (Inaudible) also.

MR. GIBBS:  Well, as we’ve discussed, Helen, I’m the new spokesperson for the incoming administration, or the current administration, not the previous one.

Q    There is some history, though, with –

MR. GIBBS:  In Israel?  Several thousand years, I’m told.

But, look, I think if you match the nuclear weapons capability with the rhetoric of the Iranian government there is certainly cause — there’s always cause to be concerned, that’s why –

Q    Will you give me a quote from them to say what they’re going to blow up and so forth?

MR. GIBBS:  I can certainly provide you some quotes after the briefing of what they’ve vowed to do.  We can certainly — somebody can Google that and we’ll send them to you.

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