Joel Mowbray

Asked about why his version of the Camp David peace talks in 2000 was so wildly different than those of both Israeli and American officials, he responded, ?I?m not implying that anybody is lying.?  Moments later, however, he claimed that in a one-on-one conversation with Bill Clinton earlier this year, the former president apologized to him for lying to the world about what ?really happened.?

Only once during the hour did Erekat stumble.  I asked him if Arafat controls Fatah or Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, both of which have repeatedly slaughtered innocent civilians.  He adroitly dodged the question?until the fifth time I asked it.  Finally he admitted that Arafat has some control over Fatah, yet pleaded ignorance with respect to the bloodier Al Aqsa, saying, ?I cannot answer this question.?

Erekat did at least say one thing that was entirely truthful.  ?Palestinians deserve better leaders.?  Yes they do.

Joel Mowbray

Joel Mowbray, who got his start with, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.

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