Middle East

First Day of Peace Talks Wraps Up

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton got down to business in Washington, D.C. on Thursday and inaugurated peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Emphasizing leadership and patience, Clinton’s effort appeared to pay off: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas agreed to meet again for another round of talks in two weeks. It's just the beginning of what are expected to be year-long talks covering, among other things, the status of Jerusalem, the Palestinian state’s borders, and the right of Palestinians to return to homes inside Israel.