Head to Head

Have Palestinian leaders failed their people?

Mehdi Hasan goes head to head with Dr Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator in peace talks with Israel.

What the Israelis want me to do when I recognise Israel as a Jewish state, they want me to change my narrative, my history, my religion.

by Dr Saeb Erekat

The deadline of the latest round of US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is looming. But can it produce an agreement after decades of failure?

For more than 20 years, from the Madrid talks in 1991 up to recent times, Dr Saeb Erekat has been negotiating peace with the Israelis – without success.

In this episode, Mehdi Hasan goes head to head with Dr Erekat on the shortcomings of the Palestinian strategy, and whether his government’s alleged corruption and human rights abuses have played a part.

So, has the Palestinian leadership failed its people?

What will happen to the Palestinian Authority if talks fail this time around?

And is an independent state even possible?

Joining the discussion are: Professor Rosemary Hollis, who teaches international politics at City University London; Sharif Nashashibi, an award-winning Palestinian journalist; and Professor Manuel Hassasian, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Kingdom. 


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