Chief Palestinian negotiator resigns
Longtime chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has submitted his resignation, another negotiator says.
February 12th, 2011
09:40 AM ET

Chief Palestinian negotiator resigns

Saeb Erakat has submitted his resignation as the chief Palestinian negotiator, according to Mohammed Shtayeh, Palestinian negotiator and a Fatah Central Committee member.

Erakat had previously said that he would resign his post if an investigation into the leak of Palestinian negotiating documents aired by the Al-Jazeera television network proved that the source of papers came from his office.

The so-called Palestine Papers suggested that Palestinian negotiators offered to give up large swaths of East Jerusalem to Israel during talks dating back to 2008 and that they had been willing to offer much larger concessions in private than they were publicly acknowledging.

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  1. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    February 12, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      I'm afraid that you're a bit out of sink, my friend... Israel have been an independent sovereign nation for 62 years, since 1948.

      February 12, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed


      February 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe sixpack

      A pariah "state" which would have made Hitler proud....

      February 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe sixpack

      @ Kouli... he just going to keep on working for the zionists....

      February 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • thirdeye1969

      your whiny rants are boring, we always know how to deal with your sort.

      February 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kouli

    Erakat now has to go and get a job to make a living.He has been a freeloader for so long that finding another jobwill not be easy,unless the PLO will support him as a fantom employee.

    February 12, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. gary

    Under both Arafat + Axxas I how many millions of Palestian dollars he retires with.

    February 12, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    Israel is *already* a nation, quit spamming, personny.
    And what, precisely, is a "fantom"?

    February 12, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • allitrop

      certainly you can figure out what Kouli meant by "fantom". Unless you're completly brain dead.

      February 12, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • joe sixpack

      A "fascist state" build on stolen Palestinians land with the support of the US taxpayers.... what a shame....

      February 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David hall

    I like knowing the truth behind the real story. If those statements are fact based I fund myself very sympathetic to Mobaracks situation. I am very concerned that this will raise tensions even more in the middle east. I believe isresl better be prepare for a great war.

    February 12, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • cinge

      i pray for the tiny jewish state- the target of so many lies and so much violence. the western world needs to come together and support democracy and peace- which will be quite a challenge in the region now.

      February 12, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. reef133

    Crony of the USA. Now that Egypt is free, open the border – there should be no palestine, only an absorbed occupied territoty into Egypt living in coexistence with Israel next door. The peace process was a sham for 60 years. The longest running 'tragedy' of our time. Local parties: Fix it now. The USA is out of it. The gravy train has ended.

    February 12, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • AD

      Two problems with that reef. The Egyptians do not want Gaza and the People of Gaza do not want to be part of Egypt. Israel had been trying to give Gaza back for a while. Would you want to be responsible for those goons? Hamas would cause them so
      Many headaches and they know it. Having Gaza and the West Bank be one country is not going work anyway. They might as well call it the country of Gaza and be done with it. And thier leaders will have to learn what happens to real countries when they attack thier niegbours. If Mexico constantly launched missiles at us, how long would we tolerate it?

      February 12, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Rickirs

      Sorry but no one wants palestine, not even as a province or territory. Why do you think Egypt blockades commercial route to Palestine?

      February 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Uh yeah, a part of Saudi Arabia is in-between Egypt and Israel/Palestine, so good luck with that.

      February 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    I find all the finger pointing amazing...and the finger-pointing blame-game redundant. Let's try for coming up with *solutions* without *namecalling*, please?

    February 12, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      How about the Palestinians and other Arabs to recognize the right of Israel to exist and to ask for peace negotiations as a solution? and yes, Israel recognized the right of all Arab states to exist since the first day of Israel's independence, including the still non-existing Arab Palestinian state.

      February 12, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    Certainly I can, but why should I have to? Unless misspelling things are the only way *you* can understand.

    Are you a little cranky this moring without your coffee, cupcake? Or did Mommy and Daddy wake you up too early?

    February 12, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Ruby

      Why? Because name-calling and bigotry make you look small and foolish; they rob your message of dignity and people do not take it seriously. Now sweetie, does that answer your question?

      February 12, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. scipio

    The sunni arab dominance of Islam is being challenged by others . Like the Roman Empire it is in a state of decay after 1400 years.The new voice of Islam will come from the east Iranian/ Pakistan.Islam`s version of the Byzantine Empire

    February 12, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • AD

      The Pakistani's practice the wahabiist Islam of the Sauds, no thank you. We should support the Sufis (began in Northern India and spread around the world but not well tolerated in many parts of Pakistan). They are the most numerous and also the most tolerant and sane

      February 12, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lobo Joe

    I guess the U.S. should demonstrate to Israel how they would like us to behave. Let's start by giving the land back to the Mexicans we conquered in the Mexican American War. We can then complete the job by giving the land the French sold us as the Louisiana Purchase back to their rightful owners, the Indians. After all, don't actions speak louder than words?

    February 12, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Rickirs

      You left out Alaska from the Russians, but must take Palin too!

      February 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Roman, Butler PA

    Hear O Israel. For I AM the ALPHA and the OMEGA. Know that the Lord has spoken through the people of Egypt. For I upheld you in the days of pharroh. Believe in Me or perish. For the Day of the Lord is at hand. Tremble not if your faith is in Me, but if you lack faith in Me, remember the day you nailed the Saviour to the cross, an earthquake arose at that hour of death, the sky turned black with a thunderess roar. I AM the Lion of Judah. Turn away from your pride and be saved.

    February 12, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • doubleday

      Another nutjob from central pa? what a shocker!

      February 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peace

    Finally this is a proof that Israel is not interested in peace. They want what does not blong to them.

    February 12, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • cinge

      ummm...well that's logical seeing how the palestinians have rejected peace and a state of their own over and over and over again. every time they have chosen war and bloodshed. check the facts "peace". what they are doing makes sense because it is not their own state that they want. they want every last jew on earth (but for now just in israel) dead and they want control of israel.

      February 12, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Can you elaborate on this a bit, "Peace"? I'd like to know how the resignation of the Palestinian negotiator "proves" that Israel is not interested in peace. I'd also like to know if the resignation of the former Israeli President Katsav proved that similarly that the Palestinians were not interested in peace. In addition, I'd like to know WHOM the things Israelis want belong and WHY. Producing the LEGAL DEEDS with the names of the lawful owners wold be of great help.

      February 12, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Peace

      My family absolutely has legal deeds from the Ottoman empire. My grandfather has key for his house that was destroyed in Megiddo. My Uncle land was declared confiscated by the Israeli government. But your are missing the point. I am trying to get over these issues. I want to get over the hostility and establish a meaningful peaceful solution. Let Palestinian live dignified life. Enough of the bloodshed enough killing. No one can win with war.

      February 12, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      @Peace: My family absolutely has legal deeds from the Ottoman empire.

      If this is the case you're encouraged to submit these deeds to Israeli court and demand compensation for the confiscated property. You may end up with a considerable amount of money.

      February 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cinge

    i truly hope obama will come to realize what a dangerous game he is playing. he can publicly support the egyptian people, freedom, and democracy while at the same time condemning terrorism, hatred and violence. and that means supporting the state of israel without feeling ashamed of doing it. he knows the facts. he knows who is lying and who isn't. he's got to stand up for what is right.

    February 12, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. eroo

    He sucked as a negotiator. He could not negotiate his way out of a box...

    February 12, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles W. Skinner

      He wasn't ever trying to 'negotiate.' He was trying to STALL for time so that the Palestinians could either get enough weapons into Gaza to make a good fight of it, or until enough Palestinians were born as Israeli citizens to shift the government to making concessions. That is why Arafat walked out of negotiations when he was offered everything he asked for at Camp David. He didn't want to negotiate for part of Israel for a Palestinian state, he wanted ALL of Israel for the Palestinian state and the destruction of the Israeli nation.

      February 12, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. LouAz

    The Israelis and Palastineans are trapped in their religious history. The Israelis still think they are their god's chosen people, and the Palastineans forget that it was Hadrian and the Romans that took Judea from the Jews and gave it to the Palastineans. It is an old fight fought by religious fanatics on both sides. Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men, you betcha !

    February 12, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      LouAz: If THIS is what they've taught you at school you should fire your teachers...

      February 12, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • thirdeye1969

      BS. Ignorant comment, the majority of Israelis are not even religious.

      February 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
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