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Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
Jerusalem, Israel

Nathan Thrall is Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for Israel/Palestine covering Gaza, Israel, and the West Bank. He is the author of The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine (Metropolitan Books, May 2017). 

His writing has appeared in Arabic in Al- Hayat, Asharq al-Awsat, and Al-Quds al-Arabi, and in English in Foreign Affairs, GQ, The London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times. A contributing editor at Tablet Magazine, he appears frequently in print and broadcast media, including The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Al-Jazeera, the BBC, Democracy Now!, NPR, and CNN. His work can be found at www.nathanthrall.com.

In The News

14 Jan 2018
Egyptian-Israeli relations are today at their highest level in history. Al Bawaba

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
20 Dec 2017
There is a desire among Palestinians to have a different mediator other than the U.S., but for any peace process to take place Israel would have to partake in it. The Jerusalem Post

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
16 Dec 2017
Obama finished his presidency much as he had started it: bold in words and timid in deeds. [The Obama administration believed that] Israel would eventually grasp its truth. The Hindu

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
14 Dec 2017
Hamas finds itself in the awkward position of having moved, slowly and grudgingly, towards an international consensus position only to find the consensus falling apart. Al-Ahram

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
12 Dec 2017
If you’re calling for intifada and general uprising, that implies a willingness to risk everything, including the dissolution of the Palestinian Authority. You have leaders who are clearly not willing to do that. NBC

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
6 Dec 2017
Nothing better symbolizes for Palestinians the idiocy of the strategy that their leaders have been pursuing and the absolute fruitlessness of it than what just happened at the White House today. The New York Times

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine

Latest Updates

Counting the Costs of U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

President Donald J. Trump on 6 December 2017 declared U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, breaking decades of precedent even while saying the U.S. was not “taking a position of any final status issues”. In this Q&A, Ofer Zalzberg and Nathan Thrall, Senior Analysts for Israel/Palestine, examine what the decision means for Israelis, Palestinians and the future of their conflict.

As Trump Alights in Israel, Palestinians are Descending into Darkness

President Trump plans a 22-23 May visit to Israel and Palestine in pursuit of the “ultimate deal”. But behind the scenes, rising tensions between Palestinian factions may be drawing Gaza and Israel closer to a new war.