Erekat quits after ‘PaliLeaks’ embarrassment

Chief peace negotiator steps down after assuming responsibility for “theft” of hundreds of documents from office used by Al-Jazeera.

By
February 12, 2011 18:34
1 minute read.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat

Saeb Erekat 311 AP. (photo credit: AP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat submitted his resignation on Saturday after assuming responsibility for the “theft” of hundreds of documents from his office.

The documents, which have become known as the “Palestine Papers,” were used by the Al-Jazeera network as “evidence” that Erekat and other Palestinian leaders had made far-reaching concessions during the peace negotiations with Israel.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Opinion: Palestinian elections ... again
Quartet refuses to endorse unilateral state; PA upset
Erekat: ‘Obama has no credibility in the Middle East'

The leaked documents have seriously embarrassed the PA leadership, whose representatives accused Al-Jazeera of waging a smear campaign against them.

PA leaders initially said that the documents were forged. Later, they admitted that the documents were authentic and claimed they had been stolen from Erekat’s office.

Erekat’s resignation came during a meeting of the PLO Executive Committee under the chairmanship of President Mahmoud Abbas, who has yet to accept it.

“My resignation came because I bear full responsibility for the theft of the documents from my office,” Erekat was quoted as saying.



He once again accused the Qatar-based TV station of “forgery and distortion.”

Last week, Erekat hinted that he would resign if a commission of inquiry set up by the PA leadership held him responsible for failing to prevent the leaking of the Palestine Papers.

Erekat had earlier accused a US citizen who worked in his office of stealing the documents and handing them over to Al- Jazeera.

Erekat, who has been a leading negotiator with Israel for the past two decades, said after the documents were revealed by Al- Jazeera that his life was in danger.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a senior PLO official, confirmed that Erekat had submitted his resignation to Abbas. However, Abed Rabbo said Abbas still had to “study” the resignation.

Nabil Sha’ath, a member of the PA negotiating team who is expected to replace Erekat, claimed that the chief negotiator quit because there were no negotiations with Israel.

“He doesn’t want to stay without work,” Sha’ath said of Erekat.

Related Content

August 15, 2018
Iran Supreme Leader admits mistake regarding nuclear talks

By REUTERS