Saeb Erekat is one of the main Palestinian political figures who held the file of negotiations with Israel and became the chief negotiator, and one of the most prominent figures on the Palestinian arena.
Saeb Erekat was born in the town of Abu Dis in Jerusalem on April 28, 1955, and the area was under Jordanian administration.
Saeb Erekat traveled to San Francisco in the United States when he was 17 years old, where his father stayed for a long time as a businessman.
In the United States, Saeb obtained a university degree while receiving a doctorate in peace studies from the University of Bradford in Britain.
After that, he obtained American citizenship and worked as a lecturer in political science at An-Najah National University in Nablus, one of the largest and oldest Palestinian universities.
His CV states that he also worked as a journalist for the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds for 12 years.
Saeb Erekat entered the official political arena by appointing him Minister of Local Government in the Palestinian National Authority under the late Yasser Arafat leadership.
At the Madrid Conference in 1991, this great Palestinian politician was deputy head of the delegation. During the talks in Washington in 1992 and 1993, he was appointed head of the Palestinian negotiating delegation in 1994.
In 1995 Saeb Erekat became the chief Palestinian negotiator, and in 1996 the Palestinian Legislative Council was elected to represent Jericho.
Saeb Erekat is a close associate of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during the Camp David meetings in 2000 and the negotiations that followed in Taba in 2001.
This brilliant Palestinian politician kept his seat in the Legislative Council in the 2006 parliamentary elections, which Hamas won, and the movement could not compete with him in Jericho.
In 2009, he was elected a member of the Fatah Central Committee. Later that same year was chosen by consensus as a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Source: Palestinian media