Saeb Erekat

Palestinian diplomat

Saeb Erekat (also Erikat or Erakat or Arekat; صائب عريقات Ṣāʼib ʻUrayqāt or ʻRēqāt; born 28 April 1955 – 10 November 2020) 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 reappointed to the post in September 2003.

Saeb Erekat in 2014


  • Look, I am a Palestinian elected representative from Jericho. If a Palestinian wants to sell his fruit anywhere in the West Bank, he goes to the Israeli civil administration. If a Palestinian sick person wants to leave a hospital, he goes through the Israeli civil administration. Nobody can leave or enter my constituency without Israeli permission. Israel is, in effect, resuming the occupation.
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