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Mairav Zonszein

Senior Analyst, Israel-Palestine

Crisis Group Role

Mairav joined the International Crisis Group in January 2021 as Senior Analyst on Israel-Palestine. She is responsible for covering Israeli domestic politics, relations with the Palestinians, and regional conflict settings and policies.

Professional Background

Mairav is an Israeli-American journalist and commentator who has covered Israeli politics and U.S. foreign policy for over a decade. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Review of Books, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, The American Prospect, VICE, The Intercept, and more. She is a founding editor of +972 Magazine and a contributor to Jewish Currents. She has an MA in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University in Budapest.

Languages

  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Select Publications

In The News

13 Jul 2021
Conceptually, Hamas put the Palestinians back on the radar and Jerusalem at the center of their issues. The [Israeli] government has realized that Palestinians are uniting; that the fragmentation isn’t as effective as they would like it to be; that they empathize with each other’s struggles, regardless of whether they are in the West Bank, Jerusalem or Gaza Foreign Policy

Mairav Zonszein

Senior Analyst, Israel-Palestine
12 May 2021
Palestinian citizens have been increasingly voting for their representatives to have increased power in politics and to try to change their situation through the political system. AJE

Mairav Zonszein

Senior Analyst, Israel-Palestine

Latest Updates

In Israel, Change Coalition Ousts Netanyahu, But Little Change Expected

A new Israeli government is set to replace long-serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As Crisis Group expert Mairav Zonszein explains, however, not much but antipathy for the ex-premier holds the prospective cabinet together. It may well struggle to survive.

Another War: Views from Israel/Palestine

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood talks to Crisis Group experts Azmi Keshawi, Tahani Mustafa and Mairav Zonszein about what the war looks like in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel and what its longer-term implications are for Israelis and Palestinians.

From Gaza to peace with Palestinians, Israel has no long-term strategy

The Israeli leadership calls what it is doing in Gaza now 'mowing the grass,' knowing it will grow back before long

Originally published in The Telegraph

On Israel-Palestine, Biden Must Stop the Harm

The absence of a peace process doesn’t mean the absence of U.S. responsibility—or of the need to act as Jerusalem begins to boil over.

Originally published in The American Prospect