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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security during a highly anticipated joint statement Tuesday alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Blinken was there to, in part, bolster the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas militants. After meeting with Netanyahu, the top U.S. diplomat is expected to tour Ramallah, Cairo, and Amman. He also plans to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. 

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