Yasser Abed Rabbo has dedicated a life of service to advancing the goals of both Palestinian liberation and an Israeli-Palestinian peace. As such he was one of the first within the Palestinian Liberation Organizationís leadership to call for an historic reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians through the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel based on 1967 borders.

Abed Rabbo rose to political prominence as a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, from which he later broke to found the more moderate Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He became a member of the PLOís Executive Committee since 1971, and served as the head of its Department of Information and Culture until 1994 when he assumed the same position in the Palestinian National Authority, a position from which he successfully advocated for the law guaranteeing freedom of the Palestinian press.

Abed Rabbo participated in both the Middle East Peace Conference in Madrid in 1991 and the back-channel negotiations that lead to the Oslo Accords in 1993. He subsequently participated in all negotiations to implement the Oslo Accords and led the Palestinian delegation to what were to have been the Permanent Status negotiations in 1999-2000, and then to Camp David and Taba negotiations thereafter.

In 2001, he sought to pick up where the Taba meeting left off earlier in the year, by resuming the negotiations, albeit informal ones, with Yossi Beilin which yielded the Geneva Accord of 2003. Through the Geneva Initiative, an international campaign to build grassroots support for the Accord, Abed Rabbo appears regularly with Beilin in public forums where together they raise awareness of the need for a negotiated, two-state resolution to the conflict.

 

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