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Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat told Army Radio on Sunday
that Israelis should not be afraid of democracy in the Arab world.
Democracy is the "main support system for peace," he said.
long-time PA official added that events in Egypt "mark a turning point
in Arab history." He explained that two things are needed for the
region: "Peace between Israel and Palestinians, and democracy in the
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The belief held by some Israelis that Arabs cannot successfully implement democracy, he added, is racist.
Asked if he finds irony in the fact that he resigned from a negotiating unit that is not currently involved in any negotiations, Erekat said, "We don't have a partner for peace, unfortunately."
Explaining his decision to resign as head of the PA's negotiation unit,
Erekat said that a crime was committed in his office and "I could not
have business as usual. This was a major breach of our national
He said that he has devoted his life to the building of a Palestinian
state where leaders are accountable and therefore, "I cannot preach one
thing" and then do another.
When asked who leaked the secret documents that were presented by
Al-Jazeera as "The Palestine papers," Erekat said that a reporter who
previously worked for the US State Department was responsible and
accused the state-owned Qatari news network of trying to bring down the
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