The minute he stops settlement activities, including natural growth in Jerusalem, the minute he agrees to go to permanent status talks where we left them in December 2008, we'll have direct talksPalestinians say Israel holding up talks Jul 13, 2010
We presented the proposal to (U.S. Middle East Envoy) George Mitchell over two months ago so that he would offer it to Netanyahu, however we still haven't received any answersErekat says Israel to respond to proposal Aug 01, 2010
We thought Netanyahu was going to the United States to stop settlement activity and restart negotiations, but it is clear to us that he is determined to destroy the talks1,300 new housing units for Jerusalem Nov 08, 2010
The Israelis know our position ... . We will negotiate beginning with borders and security ... . All other core issues will be dealt with after 90 daysErekat says keys are in Netanyahu's hands Nov 17, 2010
There is a clear and absolute obligation on Israel to withdraw not only from east Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, but from all territories that it has occupied since 1967. Ending the occupation of our land is not and cannot be dependent on any sort of referendumPalestinians angry over Israeli referendum Nov 23, 2010
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.