Secretary Blinken Heading To West Bank, Israel Amid Mideast Tensions

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    Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to the Middle East amid turmoil between Israel and Palestinians. Erin McLaughlin reports on Blinken’s agenda in Israel, Egypt, and Jordan and what he hopes to accomplish.

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