WASHINGTON, 26 JAN – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel next week to Israel, the West Bank and Egypt, to urge an end to the violence. This was announced by US State Department spokesman Ned Price. Blinken will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Abu Mazen and “underline the urgent need for the parties to take steps to reduce tensions in order to end the cycle of violence that has claimed too many innocent lives,” reads the statement. a note. (HANDLE).