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SAEB MUHAMMAD SALIH EREKAT (also _Erikat_ or _Erakat_ or _Arekat_; Arabic : صائب عريقات‎‎ _Ṣāʼib ʻUrayqāt_ or _ʻRēqāt_; born 28 April 1955) is a Palestinian diplomat who served as chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee until 12 February 2011. He negotiated the Oslo Accords with Israel
and remained chief negotiator from 1995 until May 2003, when he resigned in protest from the Palestinian government . He later reconciled with the party and was reappointed to the post in September 2003.


* 1 Personal life and education

* 2 Career

* 2.1 Politics * 2.2 Legacy * 2.3 Works (partial list)

* 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links


Saeb Erekat
Saeb Erekat
was born on 28 April 1955 in Abu Dis , then annexed by Jordan . He is a member of the Palestinian branch of the Erekat family, itself a branch of the Howeitat tribal confederation. Erekat is one of seven children, with his brothers and sisters living outside of Israel
or the Palestinian territories . Erekat received a BA and MA in political science at San Francisco State University in the United States, and completed his Ph.D. in peace and conflict studies at Bradford University in England. He is married and is father of twin daughters and two sons.

On 8 May 2012, he was hospitalized in Ramallah after suffering a heart attack.


After gaining his doctorate in peace studies at Bradford, Erekat returned to the West Bank town of Nablus to lecture in political science at An-Najah National University and also served for 12 years on the editorial board of the widely circulated Palestinian newspaper, _Al-Quds _.


In 1991, Erekat was deputy head of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Conference and the subsequent follow-up talks in Washington between 1992 and 1993. Later, in 1994, he was appointed the Minister for Local Government for the Palestinian National Authority and also the Chairman of the Palestinian negotiation delegation. In 1995, Erekat served as Chief Negotiator for the Palestinians during the Oslo period. He was then elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 1996, representing Jericho . As a politician, Erekat was considered to be a Yasser Arafat loyalist. including the Camp David meetings in 2000 and the negotiations at Taba in 2001. Erekat was also, along with Arafat and Faisal Husseini , one of the three high-ranking Palestinians who asked Ariel Sharon not to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque in September 2000, an event which Palestinians claim sparked off the Second Intifada . He also acted as Yasser Arafat 's English interpreter. When Mahmoud Abbas was nominated to serve as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Legislative Council in early 2003, Erekat was slated to be Minister of Negotiations in the new cabinet, but he soon resigned after he was excluded from a delegation to meet Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon . This was interpreted as part of an internal Palestinian power struggle between Abbas and Arafat. Erekat was later reappointed to his post and participated in the 2007 Annapolis Conference , where he took over from Ahmed Qurei during an impasse and helped hammer out a joint declaration.

He resigned from his post as chief negotiator on 12 February 2011 citing the release of the Palestine Papers . In July 2013, however, he was still holding the function.


Erekat is one of the more prominent Palestinian spokespeople in the Western media. During the Second Intifada, he loudly criticized Israeli actions and together with other sources characterized the IDF\'s 2002 assault in the Palestinian town of Jenin as a "massacre" and a "war crime", alleging that Israel
has killed more than 500 Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp. After the incident was over and the Palestinian death toll was recorded at between 53 and 56 casualties, mostly combatants, Erekat faced criticism in the US.


* _Imam Ali Bin Abi Taleb and Negotiations_ (2015)


* Arab–Israeli conflict * Israeli–Palestinian conflict * Howeitat


* ^ "Saeb Erekat". _Palestinian Biographies_. lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com. Retrieved 5 August 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ John Pike. "Saeb Erekat". Globalsecurity.org. Retrieved 5 August 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ \'Politics in Palestine\', Palestinian National Authority: The PA Ministerial Cabinet List Emergency Cabinet, October 2003 – November 2003, Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre . * ^ "‎عائلة-عريقات" (in Arabic). rabettah.net. Retrieved 5 August 2017. * ^ "Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat: Abu Mazen Rejected the Israeli Proposal in Annapolis Like Arafat Rejected the Camp David 2000 Proposal" (video with transcript). MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) . 27 March 2009. "In my family, we are seven siblings. My six brothers and sisters are in the diaspora." Retrieved 5 August 2017. * ^ "Top Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erekat
Saeb Erekat
suffers heart attack". _ The Independent _. independent.co.uk. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ \'Profile: Saeb Erakat\', BBC News , 4 September 2003. * ^ Menachem Klein, _The Jerusalem Problem: The Struggle for Permanent Status_, University Press of Florida, 2003 p.98 * ^ \'Q Ravid, Barak (28 November 2007). "Annapolis joint statement was completed with just minutes to spare". _ Haaretz _. * ^ "Erekat quits over Palestine Papers – Middle East". Al Jazeera English. 13 February 2011. * ^ PLO Negotiations Affairs Department, 28 July 2013, _Press Release−Dr. Erekat: “We will continue working for the release of all our political prisoners.”_ * ^ Bennet, James (17 May 2003). "Top Palestinian Negotiator Offers to Quit on Eve of Talks". New York Times. Retrieved 29 January 2012. * ^ Peter Beaumont (19 April 2002). "Army denies frenzy of destruction in Jenin World news".