The biggest documentary leak in the history of the Middle East conflict has shown that the Palestinians were willing to make huge concessions to secure "a country with limitations".
But the Israelis were unmoved
Later, Mr Erekat admitted that "the Palestinians know they will have a country with limitations.
"They won't have an army, airforce or navy."
The 1,600 confidential records of hundreds of meetings between Palestinian, Israeli and US leaders were leaked to the Qatar-based satellite TV channel al-Jazeera over several months and then shared with the Guardian.
They stretch from the period of negotiations under US president Bill Clinton in 2000 to private discussions last year involving senior officials and politicians in the Obama administration.
The earliest document a memo from September 1999 that suggests heeding the advice of the Rolling Stones: "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you might find you can get what you need."