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Saeb Erekat
Saeb Erekat - member of the Fatah Central Committee and PLO Executive Committee. Erekat was one of the negotiators of the Oslo Accords and has been the PLO chief negotiator since 1995. He resigned from his post in 2003 and 2011, but subsequently was reappointed. As of Aug. 2, 2018, his official titles are PLO Executive Committee secretary and head of the PLO Department of Negotiations.
Fatah official: Arabs, not Israel, are fighting terror; establishment of Palestine will lead to defeat of ISIS
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 23, 2017
Headline: "Erekat: The Arabs are the ones fighting terror, not Netanyahu"
     "[Fatah Central Committee member] and top Palestinian official in charge of negotiations Saeb Erekat said today, Wednesday [Feb. 22, 2017], that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements, according to which Tel Aviv is fighting terror, are a broken record. He emphasized that the Arabs are the ones that are fighting terror, and added: 'Those who are fighting terror and dealing with it are the great Egyptian soldier, the Jordanian soldier, the Iraqi, and the Syrian, and not Israel.'
Erekat added during an interview with journalist Tamer Amin on the Egyptian satellite channel Al-Haya that the solution to the Palestinian issue is the path to security and stability in the region and the basis for vanquishing ISIS and extremism in this region. We are states that are being burned by terror… and no one wants to defeat terror like we Arabs, as ideas are not killed with bullets, but rather this is begun by drying up the Israeli house of occupation and establishing the State of Palestine in the '67 borders."
PLO chief negotiator demands UK “fix this mistake” of the Balfour Declaration “by apologizing to the Palestinian people”
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Feb. 15, 2017
      “PLO Executive Committee Secretary[-General] Saeb Erekat...  said: ‘We have demanded of the government of Britain that it bear its legal, political, and moral responsibility for the historical injustice that the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration) caused to the Palestinian people, and to fix this mistake by apologizing to the Palestinian people, doing justice to the victims [of this mistake] upon the passing of 100 years of torment and being refugees, and immediately recognizing the State of Palestine.’
Erekat expressed the opposition of the Palestinian leadership and people to British Prime Minister Theresa May’s announcement of the celebrations to mark 100 shameful years since the Balfour Promise. He described this as a humiliation of our people and the principles of human rights, and added: ‘Instead of celebrating, they should apologize, take practical steps to save the two-state solution from the Israeli dictates, boycott the colonialist settlement system, recognize Palestine, and listen to the will of the British people whose representatives recognized the State of Palestine in the British Parliament [in 2014].’”
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PLO official threatens diplomatic steps in response to US embassy move
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 31, 2017
Headline: “Erekat: We have not received assurances that the embassy will not be transferred”
     “Secretary[-General] of the PLO Executive Committee [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat again warned against the danger of transferring the American embassy to occupied Jerusalem. He noted that this step has not yet been cancelled, and that the leadership has not received any assurances on the issue from any authority.
Erekat explained in an interview with [official PA] radio The Voice of Palestine this morning [Jan. 31, 2017] that if the embassy is transferred to Jerusalem, the leadership will stand before fateful decisions, which will begin with revoking the PLO’s recognition of Israel, signing documents to join 16 international organizations, defining the connection with Israel in the political, economic, and security fields in accordance with the decisions of the [PLO] Central Council, and calling on the occupation authority to apply its full authority over the occupied land (i.e., to take over the responsibility for looking after the Palestinian residents of the West Bank from the PA -Ed.).”
PLO official Erekat repeats libel that Israel is root of terror: Ending the occupation is “the victory over extremism and terror”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 25, 2017
Headline: "Erekat briefed a number of international diplomats regarding the latest developments"

"Secretary[-General] of the PLO Executive Committee [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat met with European Envoy for the [Middle East] Peace Process Fernando Gentilini…
Erekat said: 'The world must understand that the victory over extremism and terror and the beginning of security, peace, and stability in the region start with and depend on drying up the swamp of the Israeli occupation, in a way that will guarantee the establishment of the independent State of Palestine in the 1967 borders whose capital is East Jerusalem, and the resolution of all final status issues, including the refugees and prisoners, based on the relevant decisions of the international bodies.’"
PLO official: If US transfers embassy, PLO will revoke all agreements and ties with Israel
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 23, 2017
Official PA TV News, telephone interview with Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee and Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat
Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee and Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat: "Transferring the embassy means only one thing: recognition of Israel's decision to annex occupied East Jerusalem. By doing this, the US is saying that the topic of Jerusalem has been resolved, and that Jerusalem - western and eastern – is the capital of the State of Israel. Therefore, the PLO's recognition of Israel cannot continue. The PLO cannot recognize Jerusalem, including East Jerusalem, as the capital of Israel. It is impossible. Therefore, the first step will be revoking the recognition [of Israel]. The second step will of course be revoking the signed agreements, and the decision of the [PLO] Central Council to break off the security and political ties and the negotiations with Israel will be implemented. We will request that Israel be suspended from its membership in the UN General Assembly. We will increase our efforts to receive a judicial ruling from the International Criminal Court to investigate senior Israeli officials regarding the settlements and the aggression against Gaza and the prisoners, in addition to other steps entailed by the transition from the stage of an authority to the stage of a state. In other words, we will have a government that is the PLO Executive Committee, and a Palestinian parliament that is the parliament of the State of Palestine, and [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] will also be the president of the State of Palestine, in addition to other steps, such as a call for an Arab and Islamic summit, a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement , and taking the appropriate steps in the Arab and Islamic world against this aggressive position."
PLO official: Britain should oppose Israeli policies, especially because of upcoming anniversary of “the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)”
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Jan. 16, 2017
Headline: “Erekat condemned the positions of Britain and Australia and called on them to recognize Palestine”

“Today [Jan. 16, 2017] Secretary[-General] of the PLO Executive Committee [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat strongly condemned Britain and Australia’s reservations about the concluding statement of the Paris Peace Conference…

Erekat called on Britain and Australia to bear their historical, political, and legal responsibility and to recognize the State of Palestine. He added: ‘We expected that Britain in particular would fulfill a balanced and just role and be a central and active part of the international alignment opposing the occupation and settlement… especially since our people, which has been the victim of an unfair historical injustice, stands today at the gates of marking the 100th anniversary of the ominous Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration). Therefore we call on [Britain] to correct this error and to recognize the State of Palestine, as this constitutes one of the conditions for protecting the two-state solution that it calls to implement.’”

Paris Peace Conference - A peace conference was held in Paris on Jan. 15, 2017, attended by representatives from over 70 countries, but with no representatives from Israel or the PA. The conference issued a declaration calling for a negotiated peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians based on the two-state solution and praising UN Security Council Resolution 2334. Britain and Australia refused to sign the declaration, with Britain arguing that the declaration, which was made as part of the French Peace Initiative, might harden the Palestinian negotiating position, particularly given its timing right before the inauguration of US President Donald Trump’s administration. The following day Britain blocked the EU Foreign Affairs Council from adopting the declaration.
PA Mufti warns "Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent" on issue of embassy move; Abbas turns to Putin for help
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 14, 2017
Headline: “The [PA] mufti emphasized that the Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent if Trump takes this step – the [PA] president calls on Putin to aid in preventing the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem”
     "PLO Executive Committee Secretary[-General] Saeb Erekat said yesterday [Jan. 13, 2017] that [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to help prevent the US from transferring its embassy to Israel (sic., to Jerusalem). Erekat said that he passed the message from President Abbas to Putin during a visit to Moscow during which he met with [Russian] Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Erekat said: ‘I passed a letter from President Abbas to Putin. Frankly, in it was a request for aid from Putin, after information reached us according to which US President-elect (Donald) Trump will transfer the embassy to Jerusalem, which as far as we are concerned is considered a red line and a serious matter…’
[PA] Mufti of Palestine Sheikh Muhammad Hussein yesterday condemned Trump’s plan to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He viewed it as an attack on Muslims worldwide.
In a Friday sermon that he gave at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Hussein said: ‘The promise of the president-elect [Trump] to transfer the embassy is not only an attack on the Palestinians, but rather on [all of] the Arabs and Muslims. The Muslims and Arabs will not remain silent when they see the aggression realized at the moment of the transfer of the embassy to occupied Jerusalem.’”
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Senior Fatah official: "Attempts [to move the US embassy to Jerusalem] are liable to inflame the violence and create an atmosphere that will lead to more tension”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 8, 2017
Headline: "Erekat: The attempts of the American Congress to revoke or modify [UN] Resolution 2334 are a revolt and incitement against international law"
     "Secretary[-General] of the PLO Executive Committee [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat yesterday [Jan. 7, 2017] condemned the American Congress vote by a large majority to condemn [UN] Security Council Resolution 2334 against the settlements, and its intention to revoke or modify the UN resolution and stop the UN funding. This is concurrent with submitting a bill regarding the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem. He described these regretful attempts as a revolt and incitement against international law and the UN resolutions… He added: 'These attempts are liable to inflame the violence and create an atmosphere that will lead to more tension, not only in Palestine, but also on the Arab, Islamic, and international levels. What is needed now is to implement the resolutions of the international institutions, to put an end to the occupation, which is the main reason for violence and terror, and to recognize the State of Palestine and the right of the Palestinian people to realize the sovereignty of its state in the 1967 borders and in its capital, East Jerusalem, as this is the only solution for bringing peace and stability to the region and the world."
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PLO official: If US embassy is moved to Jerusalem, PLO will "cancel its recognition of Israel and the agreements that were signed”
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 5, 2017
Headline: “Erekat: We will respond to the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem with fateful decisions”
     “Secretary[-General] of the PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO) will make very fateful decisions, if the administration of new American President Donald Trump transfers the American embassy to Jerusalem.
Erekat added in a radio interview yesterday [Jan. 4, 2017] that transferring the embassy to Jerusalem means the destruction of the peace process, and that in doing so the US will turn into part of the problem and will no longer be able to be a mediator in the peace process, which will obligate the [Palestinian] National Council to cancel its recognition of Israel and the agreements that were signed with it.”
PLO official: Decision to move US embassy to Jerusalem is an "attack on the peace process and pushing the region towards extremism and violence"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 29, 2016
Headline: “Erekat: 2016 was a Palestinian year par excellence, and we hope that the occupation will end next year”
     “PLO Executive Committee Secretary[-General] Saeb Erekat said: ‘The present year [2016] was a Palestinian year par excellence. We anticipate that the will of the Palestinian people and leadership will be realized, and that 2017 will be the year of the end of the occupation.’ …
He said that the election of Donald Trump as president of the US, his decision to appoint David Friedman as the US ambassador to Israel, and the decision to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem all mean an attack on the peace process and pushing the region towards extremism and violence…
Advisor to [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] for Strategic Affairs Husam Zumlut said that 2016 was the year of preparation for the resolution, while 2017 will be the year of the political showdown against the Israeli occupation and the year of the end of the rift (i.e., between Fatah and Hamas).”
Senior PLO official: If US embassy is moved to Jerusalem, the "PLO needs to retract the recognition of Israel"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Dec. 20, 2016
Official PA TV program State of Politics, hosting Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat
Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat: “I tell you frankly – this is my personal opinion – in the next meeting of the Palestinian National Council (i.e., the legislative body of the PLO), if the administration of [US] President-elect [Donald] Trump moves the embassy to Jerusalem, or the ambassador who was appointed works in Jerusalem, the PLO needs to retract the recognition of Israel. Our recognition was not given for free, as [PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas] said in his speech before the Seventh [Fatah] Committee…
I think that the Arab peoples also will not agree to having American embassies in any of the capitals [of the Arab states] if they [the Americans] carry out this step.”
Official PA host: “You are talking about the Arab peoples, and not the Arab governments?”
Saeb Erekat: “I am also talking about the governments.”

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PLO official: Transferring US embassy to Jerusalem will "push the region into a furnace of violence, anarchy, extremism, and bloodshed"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 18, 2016
Headline: "Erekat: The statements regarding the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem are deserving of international condemnation"
     "Secretary [-General] of the PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat said that the statements regarding the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem are deserving of severe condemnation by the international community, and that they will lead to the destruction of the peace process. During his meeting yesterday [Dec. 17, 2016] in Jericho with Russian Ambassador in Palestine Alexander Rudakov, Erekat added that the statements of the appointed American ambassador to Israel regarding the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem and his support of the settlement enterprise constitute a most dangerous development. He noted that their implementation will push the region into a furnace of violence, anarchy, extremism, and bloodshed."
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PLO official tells Trump: Moving embassy will "destroy the peace process with Israel" and "drag the region into a state of anarchy"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 17, 2016
Headline: "Israel welcomes the appointment of the American Jew David Friedman as Washington's new ambassador in Tel Aviv – Erekat warns: The transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem and the agreement to the annexation of the settlements will drag the region into anarchy – Friedman supports the settlers and casts doubt on the two-state solution…"
     "Secretary[-General] of the PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erekat warned US President-elect Donald Trump yesterday [Dec. 16, 2016] against his intention to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem. He emphasized that such a decision will destroy the peace process with Israel.
It should be noted that Trump on Thursday [Dec. 15, 2016] announced the appointment of the American Jew David Friedman as the US Ambassador to Israel. He is a lawyer who emphasized that he eagerly anticipates fulfilling his mission 'in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem,' as he put it. This constitutes a most sensitive point in the region.
Erekat said in statements to journalists that the status of Jerusalem must be subject to negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and that making any decision today 'would destroy the peace process.' Erekat added: 'I turn directly to David Friedman and Trump - if you transfer the embassy and agree to the annexation of the settlements in the West Bank, you will drag the region into a state of anarchy, extremism, and lawlessness.' He continued [by saying] that 'The US is a state of institutions that acts in accordance with its national interests,' and added that he does not think 'that the Americans will transfer their embassy to Jerusalem.'"
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PLO official: Marwan Barghouti, killer of 5, is a “hero” and a leader to Fatah
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), Dec. 12, 2016
Headline: "Erekat: Palestine is the key to the security and stability and we will coordinate with Egypt and Jordan on every matter, large and small"

"Top Palestinian negotiator [, Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat emphasized that Palestine is the key to the security and stability in the region… and noted that the region is experiencing most important developments, and no authority will be able to defeat the terror and the ISIS organization without drying up the swamp of the Israeli occupation and establishing the independent Palestinian state…

Erekat explained that Washington, Moscow, and Berlin have understood that the Roadmap has failed and are drawing a new map, and added: ‘We want to tell everyone that the new map must include Palestine, and if Palestine is not on the map, the region will remain in the furnace of violence, extremism, and bloodshed for another hundred years.'

Erekat said that the fact that prisoner Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), sentenced to 5 life sentences, stood at the head of the list of candidates of the Fatah Central Committee during the Seventh [Fatah] Conference (i.e., Barghouti received the most votes in the election) constitutes proof that Fatah is a loyal and national movement and a national liberation movement that considers Marwan Barghouti a hero whose natural place is in the Palestinian leadership together with his brothers, the members of the [Fatah] Central Committee, and not behind bars."

Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one attack in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001) in which Greek monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorist Ismail Radaida and another unidenti
PLO official: The Palestinian leadership expects to work together with new American administration
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 19, 2016
“Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat met… with American Consul-General [in Jerusalem] Donald Blome and discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian, the Israeli, and the international arena with him.
Erekat emphasized that the Palestinian leadership expects to work in a positive manner with the administration of American President-elect Donald Trump, in order to implement the two-state option within the June 4, 1967 borders.”
PLO official: "We hope that the next American administration will implement the two-state solution"
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 9, 2016
Headline: “Erekat: We hope that the next American administration will implement the two-state solution...”
     “Chief Palestinian negotiator [and Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee] Dr. Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinian side hopes that the next American administration will implement the two-state solution.
Erekat said that the achievement of security, peace, and stability in this region will only be carried out through the establishment of the independent State of Palestine within the 1967 borders, whose capital is Jerusalem.”
Erekat: "We hope that the next American administration will implement the two-state solution"
Source: PNN Palestine News Network (independent Palestinian news agency), Nov. 9, 2016
Headline: “Erekat: We hope that the next American administration will implement the two-state solution...”
       “Chief Palestinian negotiator [and Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee] Dr. Saeb Erekat said that the Palestinian side hopes that the next American administration will implement the two-state solution. Erekat said that the achievement of security, peace, and stability in this region will only be carried out through the establishment of the independent State of Palestine within the 1967 borders, whose capital is Jerusalem.”
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PLO Chief Negotiator threatens US: If embassy moved to Jerusalem, US interests harmed in Islamic world
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Nov. 9, 2016
Erekat assumes US administration could never Israeli capital and settlement -building; blames Israel for all “evil” in the Middle East; hopes peace process will cause “drying up of the quagmire of the Israeli occupation”

Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine program The Day’s Events

Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee and Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat: “We will make every possible effort with the next American administration and with the European Union, and especially France, to convene an international peace summit (i.e., the French Initiative) that will initiate a credible and meaningful peace process that will lead to the drying up of the quagmire of the Israeli occupation which has become a source of the evil of this region in general…

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PLO Chief Negotiator blames Israel for all “evil” in the Middle East
Source: Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine, Nov. 9, 2016
Erekat assumes US administration could never Israeli capital and settlement -building; blames Israel for all “evil” in the Middle East; hopes peace process will cause “drying up of the quagmire of the Israeli occupation”

Official PA radio station The Voice of Palestine program The Day’s Events

Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee and Fatah Central Committee member Saeb Erekat: “We will make every possible effort with the next American administration and with the European Union, and especially France, to convene an international peace summit (i.e., the French Initiative) that will initiate a credible and meaningful peace process that will lead to the drying up of the quagmire of the Israeli occupation which has become a source of the evil of this region in general…

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Senior PLO official: Releasing terrorists is a precondition for peace
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 3, 2016
     “Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee [and Fatah Central Committee member] Dr. Saeb Erekat… said in a speech he gave at the Palestinian National Security Summit held in Gaza that … in regard to everything related to the peace process, ‘We are striving for peace and interested in peace, but everybody must understand that our peace will not be at any price,’ as eternal President Yasser Arafat said and [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas says today. The peace is based on Israel’s retreat to the borders of June 7, 1967 (sic., June 4, 1967), with East Jerusalem as our capital, a solution to the refugee issue according to [UN] Resolution 194, and the release of the prisoners at the time of the signing of the agreement.'”

UN resolution 194 (Chapter 11, Dec. 11, 1948) states that "the refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return." Palestinian leaders argue this means that all Arabs who left Israel during the war (hundreds of thousands) and their descendants (a few million) have a "right of return" to Israel. Israel argues that the resolution only calls for a limited return and only under certain conditions, especially focusing on the words "wishing to return... and live at peace with their neighbors."
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