U.S. increasingly worried about West Bank situation as Austin visits Israel

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By Idrees Ali (Reuters) – The United States is concerned that escalating tensions in the West Bank could distract Tel Aviv and Washington’s attention from Iranian activities, a U.S. official said, a message Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin intends to deliver in Israel on Thursday. Austin delayed his arrival to Israel and the government insisted that the meetings’ location be changed because more protests were anticipated against a plan by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hard-right government to overhaul the country’s court system. That comes as three Palestinians were killed on Thursday, day…

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