Erekat: Abbas to ask Clinton for help on settlement freeze

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will ask US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to push Israel to freeze West Bank settlements and open Gaza's borders, PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said Wednesday. Clinton was set to meeet with Abbas later Wednesday, in her first trip to the West Bank in her new role. Erekat said the PA president will raise specific Israeli construction projects in Jerusalem with Clinton.