Muhammad Madani, born in 1942, has been a member of Fatah’s Central Committee since 2009. He heads Fatah’s commission for relations with Israel, and has been criticised by Palestinians for facilitating the PA’s ‘normalisation’ with Israel.
During the 1980s, Madani worked for Fatah’s deputy leader Khalil al-Wazir (Abu Jihad) in organising militant activities against Israel. Upon returning to the West Bank after the Oslo Accords, he served as the governor of Bethlehem. In December 2012, he was appointed as the head of the Committee for Dialogue with Israeli Society, a government initiative that arranges meetings between Israeli civil society and Palestinian officials to build trust between the two sides.