Saeb Erekat obituary
Palestinian politician and peace negotiator widely regarded as a moderate and realist
The Palestinian peace negotiator and politician Saeb Erekat, who has died aged 65 after contracting Covid-19, spent much of his life trying – but failing – to resolve his people’s intractable conflict with Israel.
In his last role he served from 2015 as secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and worked closely with both Yasser Arafat and his successor Mahmoud Abbas. In the wake of the first of the Oslo accords in 1993 Erekat became a senior official of the semi-autonomous Palestinian Authority (PA) in the occupied West Bank town of Ramallah.