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Palestinian officials: Agreement needs to be supported by people

Palestinian officials: Agreement needs to be supported by people

RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 6 (UPI) -- Palestinian officials warned Thursday President Mahmoud Abbas should not accept an agreement with Israel unsupported by his people.
Kerry, Abbas meet for second day on core issues in Israeli peace talks

Kerry, Abbas meet for second day on core issues in Israeli peace talks

PARIS, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The top U.S. diplomat and the head of the Palestinian Authority agreed to meet again Thursday to discuss key issues in peace talks with Israel, officials say.

Turkey says Israeli settlement building plans 'must end'

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Turkey's Foreign Ministry criticized Israel's decision to approve more than 1,900 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Palestinian leaders "doing everything humanly possible" to ensure Mideast peace success

Palestinian leaders "doing everything humanly possible" to ensure Mideast peace success

Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Saeb Erekat, the lead negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, remarked at a press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday in Ramallah that "We really are doing everything humanly possible to ensure the success" of the latest round of Mideast peace negotiations.
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Netanyahu, meeting with Kerry, doubts Palestinian interest in peace

Netanyahu, meeting with Kerry, doubts Palestinian interest in peace

JERUSALEM, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday he doubted Palestinian leaders' sincerity in seeking a peace agreement.

Israeli officials, Palestinians both blast Jordan Valley vote

JERUSALEM, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Israeli and Palestinian officials criticized an Israeli legislative committee vote to annex the Jordan Valley, saying it could destroy chances of peace.

Palestinian group says it killed Israeli worker near Gaza fence

GAZA, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Popular Resistance Committee Wednesday claimed responsibility for the fatal sniper attack of an Israeli near the Gaza border fence.
Palestinians ready to extend talks with Israel

Palestinians ready to extend talks with Israel

BEIT JALA, West Bank, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The chief Palestinian peace negotiator says his side is ready to extend current talks with Israel beyond the U.S. deadline if a framework for peace is in place.
Kerry alleged to be dooming Mideast peace talks

Kerry alleged to be dooming Mideast peace talks

JERUSALEM, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who returns to Israel Thursday, is dooming peace talks by siding with Israel, sources told Palestinian newspaper al-Ayam.
Israeli minister wants progress in peace talks

Israeli minister wants progress in peace talks

JERUSALEM, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Progress in peace negotiations with the Palestinians will ensure a united Arab front against Iran, Israel's justice minister said.

Abbas asks negotiators to return to talks

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has told his two-man team to return to peace negotiations with Israel or they will be replaced, officials said.
Palestinian negotiators resign from talks

Palestinian negotiators resign from talks

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The Palestinian peace negotiators have resigned, citing ongoing settlement construction and lack of progress in talks with Israel, officials said.
Netanyahu wants West Bank and E1 building plans stopped

Netanyahu wants West Bank and E1 building plans stopped

JERUSALEM, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Israel's prime minister ordered the Housing Ministry to reconsider plans to build more than 24,000 housing units in West Bank settlements, officials said.
Israel will release prisoners as scheduled

Israel will release prisoners as scheduled

JERUSALEM, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Israel rejected Palestinian and American requests to release a second batch of Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel ahead of schedule, officials said.
Palestinian Erekat angered at Czech embassy move proposal

Palestinian Erekat angered at Czech embassy move proposal

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Czech President Milos Zeman of attempting to undermine the Middle East peace process.
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Saeb Muhammad Salih Erekat (also Erakat; Arabic: صائب عريقات‎ Ṣāʼib ʻUrayqāt or ʻRēqāt, born April 28, 1955 in East Jerusalem, Jordan) was the Palestinian 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 re-appointed to the post in September 2003. He is currently part of the 'Israel-Fatah' team negotiating with Israel to establish a de jure Palestinian state.

Saeb Erekat was born on April 28, 1955 in Abu-Dis East Jerusalem, then under Jordanian rule. Born into a famous Muslim family, 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, England. He is married with twin daughters and two sons.

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.

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