Iconic Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat dies at 65

Saeb Erekat, one of the most recognizable faces in the Palestinian struggle, has died from coronavirus at the age of 65.

The longtime Palestinian chief negotiator was the youngest of the highest leadership team and was seen as the main candidate to succeed President Mahmoud Abbas, 84. The race to replace him is now a race for all at once when President Trump’s expulsion could open the door to new negotiations brokered by the United States between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Erekat served as a bridge between the early Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking efforts guaranteed by the George HW Bush administration until the turbulent era of Donald Trump, when the goal seemed more elusive than ever.

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