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Saeb Erekat, PhD Biography

Title:
Former Chief Negotiator of the Oslo Accords and Chief of the PLO Steering and Monitoring Committee
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“There are currently two opportunities to save prospects for a two-state solution. First, the quartet must make a full and internationally monitored settlement freeze the top priority. Without such a freeze, ongoing settlement construction will only provoke more hostility and undermine any attempts to stop violence.

Second, elections next month give Israelis the opportunity to send a message to Palestinians. By electing a leadership committed to evacuating settlements rather than building them, to ending the occupation rather than intensifying it, Israelis can undermine the Palestinian extremists and help bring an end to the horrors of the past two years.

Israel has a right to peace and security. But if the international community and the Israeli public miss these opportunities, they will have only themselves to blame for the consequences we will all suffer.”

“Saving the Two State Solution,” New York Times, Dec. 20, 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Head of the Steering and Monitoring Committee, PLO-NAD
  • Senior Member of the Palestinian negotiation team, 1994-present
  • Professor of Political Science, An-Najah University, Nablus
  • Elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), 1996
  • Vice-Chair at the Washington negotiations, 1992
  • Vice-Chair of the Madrid Peace Delegation, 1991
  • Editorial Board Member, Al-Quds (a Palestinian daily)
  • Secretary-General of the Arab Studies Society
Education:
  • PhD, Peace Studies, Bradford University
  • MA, Political Science, University of San Francisco
  • BA, Political Science, University of San Francisco
Other:
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