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The Peace Processor: An interview with Palestinian negotiator-in-chief Saeb Erekat | Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy

An interview with Palestinian negotiator-in-chief Saeb Erekat

BY AARON DAVID MILLER

I came to know Saeb Erekat not only as a negotiator, but as a person. He sent his kids to Seeds of Peace, a conflict resolution and coexistence organization that I ran briefly after leaving the State Department, and my daughter befriended his and stayed with the Erekats in Jericho. Saeb and I have yelled at each other, defended our respective positions, laughed, and mourned opportunities that were never adequately explored. But through it all, what he said about himself was true: He wasn’t as pro-Palestinian or pro-Israeli as much as he was pro-peace.

That peace has proven elusive to this day. But with all our differences — and there are many — I believe Erekat believes in its possibility. Who else would list as an “objective” on his resume: “Solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict based on a two state negotiated solution through diplomatic offices”?

If, or perhaps when, another effort to negotiate a deal is made, one thing is clear — Erekat will be in the middle of it. Last week, he agreed to answer my questions on the past and future of the Israeli-Palestinian problem.

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