Abbas urges freeze on Israeli settlements at int'l donors conference

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday called on Israel to freeze Jewish settlements "without excuses," using the high-profile platform of an international donors conference to deliver his appeal. "I'll be eager to implement all our commitments under the road map, and I expect the Israeli side to do the same, comprehensively, and without excuses, by us or by them," Abbas told some 90 donor countries and international organizations gathered in Paris. "I expect them to stop all settlement activities, without exceptions."