Calling it a "freeze" is incredibly misleading when only a small portion of construction will be stopped. Not that anyone expected anything more from Netanyahu. Still, Abbas should call Netanyahu's bluff - by offering border proposals, which of course Netanyahu will refuse to even look at. Everybody knows negotiations will lead nowhere, but the smart move from the PA's perspective is to show that while Israel is making showy but meaningless gestures like this, the Palestinians are seriously trying to work out a border situation, and all the while Israel refuses to declare its own borders.
Western-backed Syrian rebels say kill foreign Islamic State (Reuters)