Situation Room. Jed and C.J. enter, and Kate gives a briefing. Farad was on his way back from speaking at a university when a car charged his motorcade and exploded, killing several students and injuring Farad. Nobody has claimed credit for the bombing, and there's no intelligence yet to indicate who is responsible, although Secretary of Defense Hutchinson thinks it's likely to have been one of a couple of groups. The other question is whether Syria or Iran was involved, since Kate claims that each country would rather the peace plan not work out, since unrest in Israel and Palestine serves as a distraction for their own populations. C.J. asks who's in charge with Farad out of the picture. It turns out that it's the Speaker of the Palestinian House of Representatives, with an election mandated within sixty days. I would make a joke about a Palestinian version of John Goodman, but I can't find anything that's not offensive. The folks at the table discuss the danger of a Palestinian civil war and the risk that would present to U.S. peacekeepers, while Kate takes a phone call. She returns and tells them that Farad has died. There's a long pause and a lot of tense looks. Hutchinson is just dying to say, "I told you so." Jed rises and tells the group, "We need to do everything in our power to help the Palestinians hold this together." And then he walks out.
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