Sec. of State Antony Blinken met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel amid escalated tension in the region.
RELATED: Sec. Antony Blinken will encourage calm on trip to Israel, West Bank
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting Israel and the West Bank on Monday and Tuesday, about a month into Israel's new ultra-right-wing, religiously conservative government led by returning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The top U.S. diplomat's trip coincides with a flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian violence. But it was long planned, and follows a visit to Egypt. Blinken is in the region to take stock ofthreats new and old — new threats to checks and balances on Israel's democracy, often described as "the only democracy in the Middle East," and familiar threats from Iran.
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