News Wrap: Israel, Palestinians Resume Peace Efforts in Jerusalem
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KWAME HOLMAN: Formal peace talks resumed today in Jerusalem between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. It was the first time the two sides have met there in five years. Average Israelis were mixed on whether the U.S.-sponsored negotiations can bring about lasting peace.
MOSHE GUR, resident of Jerusalem: I think the peace talks between Israel and Palestinians is a very, very good step forward after a number of years that the Palestinians and Israelis didn’t talk to one another. I think it’s about time that we should start talking. And I hope that the outcome will be a positive one.
EREZ GOLDMAN, resident of Jerusalem: Today is a very sad day to start negotiating about peace with people who are — accepted murderers as heroes. I cannot see any way that those peace negotiations are going anywhere.
KWAME HOLMAN: A senior Palestinian official warned the talks may collapse if Israel goes ahead with building new housing in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, 26 Palestinian prisoners arrived home overnight in the West Bank and Gaza to joyous celebrations. In all, Israel plans to release 104 prisoners in conjunction with the peace talks.
Army Private 1st Class Bradley Manning apologized today for leaking reams of classified U.S. documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. He spoke during the sentencing phase of his court-martial at Fort Meade, Maryland. In a statement, he said he’s sorry his actions hurt people and hurt the United States. Manning faces up to 90 years in prison. The sentencing hearing could wrap up next week.
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. now faces two-and-a-half years in prison for misusing campaign funds. The son of civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson was sentenced at a federal court in Washington this morning. Jackson, who was treated for bipolar disorder, pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 from his campaign on items from mink capes to vacations. Jackson’s wife, Sandra, received a one-year prison sentence for filing false tax returns.
A traveling hospital technician accused of infecting dozens of people with hepatitis C pleaded guilty today to drug charges. David Kwiatkowski appeared in federal court in New Hampshire. He admitted stealing syringes containing painkiller from hospitals, using the drug, then filling the syringes with saline tainted with his blood. He’s infected with hepatitis C, and 46 people in four states have been diagnosed with the same strain. Kwiatkowski faces up to 40 years in prison.
On Wall Street, stocks were down on new concerns consumer spending is not as strong as hoped. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 113 points to close at 15,337. The NASDAQ fell 15 points to close at 3,669.
Those are some of the day’s major stories.