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Saeb Erekat

Saeb Erakat (also: 'Saib', 'Erakat') (Full name: Sa'ib Muhammad Salih 'Urayqat. Arabic: صائب عريقات‎), (born April 28 1955 in Jerusalem)[1][2] is the chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee. 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 quickly reconciled with his party and was reappointed to the post in September 2003. Saeb Erekat is currently part of the Israel-Fatah negotiations team working to establish a Palestinian state. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Arabic redirects here. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) (Arabic Munazzamat al-Tahrir Filastiniyyah منظمة تحرير فلسطينية ) is a political and paramilitary organization of Palestinian Arabs dedicated to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state to consist of the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, with an intent to destroy Israel. ... Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat during the Oslo Accords on September 13, 1993. ... The West Bank The Palestinian National Authority (PNA or PA) is a semi-autonomous state institution nominally governing the bulk of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (which it calls the Palestinian Territories). It was established as a part of Oslo accords between the PLO and Israel. ... Not to be confused with Fatah Revolutionary Council or Fatah al-Islam. ...


Personal life

Saeb Erekat was born on April 28, 1955 in East Jerusalem,[1] then under Jordanian occupation. He is married with twin daughters and two sons. is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... East Jerusalem is that part of Jerusalem which was held by Jordan from the 1948 Arab-Israeli War until the Six-Day War in 1967. ... Map of the West Bank today Occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem by Jordan occurred following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War for a period of nearly two decades (1948 - 1967). ...

Education and professional life

Erekat received a BA and MA in Political Science at San Francisco State University (United States) and completed his Ph.D. in Peace and conflict studies at Bradford University (England).[1] San Francisco State University (commonly referred to as San Francisco State, SF State, State and SFSU) is a public university located in the southwestern San Francisco, California, bordering Lake Merced and Lowell High School, near Fort Funston and Daly City, near the San Mateo County line. ... Peace and conflict studies can be defined as the inter-disciplinary inquiry into war as human condition and peace as human potential, as an alternative to the traditional Polemology (War Studies) and the strategies taught at Military academies. ... The University of Bradford is a university in Bradford, West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...

He returned to lecture in Political Science at the An-Najah National University in the West Bank town of Nablus, and also served for 12 years on the editorial board of Al-Quds, the most circulated Palestinian newspaper.[1][3] The An-Najah National University An-Najah National University is located in the mountainous region of northern Palestine in and around the city of Nablus. ... Map of the West Bank, with Nablus in the center north. ... al-Quds is a Palestinian newspaper, based in Jerusalem. ...

He also served as secretary general of the Arab Studies Society.

Chief Negotiator

Erekat has been at the center of negotiations with Israel for over a decade[3] and participated in numerous peace conferences. He was deputy head of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Conference in 1991 and the 1992-1993 follow-up talks in Washington. In 1994, Erekat was appointed the Chairman of the Palestinian negotiation delegation[1] and in 1995, he served as Chief Negotiator for the Palestinians during the Oslo period, including the Camp David meetings in 2000 and the negotiations at Taba in 2001. 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 with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. This was interpreted as part of an internal Palestinian power struggle between Abbas and Arafat.[3][4] Erekat was later reappointed to his post and participated in the 2007 Annapolis Conference, where he took over from Ahmed Qureia during an impasse and helped hammer out a joint declaration.[5] The Madrid Conference was hosted by the government of Spain and co-sponsored by the USA and the USSR. It convened on October 30, 1991 and lasted for three days. ... (Redirected from 2000 Camp David Summit) The Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David of July United States President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. ... The Taba summit (or: Taba Summit; Taba Talks; Taba Conference; Taba), also known as the permanent status talks at Taba between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, held from January 21 to January 27, 2001 at Taba in the Sinai peninsula, were peace talks aimed at reaching the final status negotiations... Not to be confused with Yasir Arafat (cricketer). ... Mahmoud Abbas (Arabic: ) (born March 26, 1935), also known by the kunya Abu Mazen (ابو مازن), was elected President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) on January 9, 2005, and took office on January 15, 2005. ...   (Hebrew: , also known by his diminutive Arik אָרִיק) (born February 27, 1928) is a former Israeli politician and general. ... The Annapolis Conference is being held on November 27, 2007 at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, United States. ... Ahmed Ali Mohammed Qurei (or Qureia), also known as Abu Alaa, was the Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council and is currently Prime Minister and holds the security portfolio of the Palestinian Authority. ...

Political career

Erekat was appointed Minister of Local Government for the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 1994. He was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 1996, representing Jericho.[1] As a politician, Erekat was considered to be a Yasser Arafat loyalist. The West Bank The Palestinian National Authority (PNA or PA) is a semi-autonomous state institution nominally governing the bulk of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (which it calls the Palestinian Territories). It was established as a part of Oslo accords between the PLO and Israel. ... The Palestinian Legislative Council, (sometimes referred to to as the Palestinan Parliament) the legislature of the Palestinian Authority, is a unicameral body with 88 members, elected from 16 electoral districts in the West Bank and Gaza. ... This article is about the city in the West Bank. ... Not to be confused with Yasir Arafat (cricketer). ...

Erekat was also, along with Arafat and Faisal Husseini, one of the three high-ranking Palestinians who asked Ariel Sharon not to visit the Temple Mount in September 2002[6], an event which sparked off the Second Intifada. Faisal Husseini Faisal Abdel Qader Al-Husseini (Arabic: فيصل عبدالقادر الحسيني) (July 17, 1940 - May 31, 2001) was a Palestinian politician who was considered a possible future leader of the Palestinian people. ...   (Hebrew: , also known by his diminutive Arik אָרִיק) (born February 27, 1928) is a former Israeli politician and general. ... The Temple Mount A reconstruction of Herods Temple in Jerusalem. ... For other uses, see al-Aqsa (disambiguation). ...


Erekat has authored eight books and numerous research papers on foreign policy, oil and conflict resolution.

Media Profile

Erekat is one of the more prominent Palestinian spokespeople in the Western media. [7] He was criticised by some commentators for allegedly inflating Palestinian casualty figures during the IDF's 2002 assault in the Palestinian town of Jenin, and for characterizing the operation as a massacre. [8] In an interview with Israeli Army Radio ahead of the Annapolis summit in 2007, he rejected demands that Palestinians should recognise Israel's status as a Jewish state. [9] Combatants  Israel IDF Fatah (Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Tanzim) Hamas Islamic Jihad Commanders Yedidia Yehuda [1] Mahmoud Tawallbe† Strength 1,000 200-250 Casualties 23 soldiers killed 52 killed (38 armed men, 14 civilians according to IDF; 30 militants, 22 civilians according to HRW) 685 persons arrested (mostly released) The... Israel Army Radio, or Galèi Tzáhal as it is called in Hebrew (גלי צהל, lit. ...

See also

Belligerents Arab nations Israel Arab-Israeli conflict series History of the Arab-Israeli conflict Views of the Arab-Israeli conflict International law and the Arab-Israeli conflict Arab-Israeli conflict facts, figures, and statistics Participants Israeli-Palestinian conflict · Israel-Lebanon conflict · Arab League · Soviet Union / Russia · Israel, Palestine and the... Israel, with the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an ongoing dispute between the State of Israel and Arab Palestinians. ...


  1. ^ a b c d e f 'Politics in Palestine', Palestinian National Authority: The PA Ministerial Cabinet List, Emergency Cabinet, October 2003 - November 2003, Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre.
  2. ^ 'Saeb Erekat', GlobalSecurity.org
  3. ^ a b c 'Profile: Saeb Erakat', BBC News, September 4, 2003.
  4. ^ 'Q & A with Saeb Erekat', The Jerusalem Post, February 1, 2005.
  5. ^ 'Annapolis joint statement was completed with just minutes to spare' by Avi Issacharoff and Barak Ravid, Haaretz, November 28, 2007.
  6. ^ Menachem Klein, The Jerusalem Problem: The Struggle for Permanent Status, University Press of Florida, 2003 p.98
  7. ^ http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9805EFDD143EF934A25756C0A9659C8B63
  8. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/apr/19/israel
  9. ^ http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/923076.html

GlobalSecurity. ... This article refers to the news department of the British Broadcasting Corporation, for the BBC News Channel see BBC News (TV channel). ... The May 16, 1948 Palestine Post headline announcing the creation of the state of Israel The Jerusalem Post is an Israeli daily English language broadsheet newspaper, originally founded on December 1, 1932, by American journalist-turned-newspaper-editor Gershon Agron as the The Palestine Post. ... Haaretz (Hebrew: (help· info), The Land) is an Israeli newspaper, founded in 1919. ...

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Saeb Erekat, one of the best-known world faces of the Palestinian Authority, won re-election to parliament Wednesday in his home town of Jericho, beating back a challenge from a Hamas candidate.
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