Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has accused Islamic al-Jazeera TV of putting his life in danger.
This is a complicated story first published in January 2011.
Saeb Erekat is not denying that the papers are from his office. But insist that they should not have been leaked. The documents suggest the Palestinians were ready to make big concessions, despite public claims to the contrary.
In an interview with the BBC, Mr Erekat admitted that some of the material was true. He had initially dismissed it as a “pack of lies”.
He has vowed to take responsibility if the leaks came from his office.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been rocked by the revelations which show that in private meetings with Israeli negotiators, Palestinian negotiators appeared to offer compromises on issues including the status of Jerusalem, Jewish settlements, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees.
Erekat said that there was now an investigation into where the leaks came from.
“If these documents were leaked from this office, I, and I alone, will hold the responsibility,” he told the BBC.
But the overall impression is of a disconnect between the Palestinian leadership and the people, because the former has been prepared to say things privately that it wouldn’t say in public, our West Bank correspondent Jon Donnison reports.
Source: The BBC.
Men like Saeb Erekat are really complicated. When Erekan have said something to English TV, you can be sure that he just said the exact opposite on Arab TV.
The next day will be a day of clarifications. And we will all be puzzled by a new question: Is here any truth in the clarifications, or will the truth be found in the misunderstandings?
Because when Saeb Erekat is telling the truth, he is basically lying. And when the West believes he tells lies, only Arabs believes he is telling the truth. So in regards to the leaked documents from Saeb Erekat office, they surly are a “pack of lies”. Because there was no truth written in them. And if he had written the truth, everyone would believe that he was lying.
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
First published: January 28th, 2011.
Written by Ivar