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Nathan Thrall

Project Director, Arab-Israeli Conflict
Jerusalem, Israel

Nathan Thrall oversees Crisis Group's Arab-Israeli Project. Previously, he was Senior Analyst for the project, covering Gaza, Israel, the West Bank, and Israel's relations with its neighbours. 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. His analysis is often featured in print and broadcast media, including the BBC, Bloomberg News, CNN, Democracy Now!, the Financial TimesThe GuardianThe EconomistThe New York Times, PRI, TimeThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

In The News

27 Jul 2018
Israel wants the Palestinian Authority to control Gaza, but it is wary of the elections the authority would have because Hamas could win a place in a Palestinian government. Wall Street Journal

Nathan Thrall

Project Director, Arab-Israeli Conflict
21 Jul 2018
Israeli public opinion is demanding that something be done about the incendiary kites. It has been proposed that if Hamas stops the kites, the situation can go back to what it was half a year ago. The problem is that Hamas doesn’t want to go back to where it was half a year ago, or a year ago or two years ago. The New York Times

Nathan Thrall

Project Director, Arab-Israeli Conflict
23 Jun 2018
What's different today is that there is no expectation on the part of Hamas that if there were a big war today that it would result in Gaza or Hamas being in a better position in terms of the blockade. Telegraph

Nathan Thrall

Project Director, Arab-Israeli Conflict
18 May 2018
Overall Hamas is in the same corner it was a month or two ago. It simply doesn’t have an answer about how to get out of this predicament or even how to capitalize on these protests. The New York Times

Nathan Thrall

Project Director, Arab-Israeli Conflict
11 Feb 2018
The most hard-line people in the [Palestinian Authority] believe they need full capitulation from Hamas, including the dismantling of its military. The vast majority of Palestinians see that as wholly unrealistic. The New York Times

Nathan Thrall

Project Director, Arab-Israeli Conflict
14 Jan 2018
Egyptian-Israeli relations are today at their highest level in history. Al Bawaba

Nathan Thrall

Project Director, Arab-Israeli Conflict

Latest Updates

Deadly Day in Gaza Won’t Be the Last

Israeli troops on 14 May killed more than 60 Palestinian protesters demanding a return to their old homes in Israel and an end to the siege of Gaza. In this Q&A, our Israel/Palestine Project Director Nathan Thrall outlines the risks of escalation.

Gaza Protests Mark Shift in Palestinian National Consciousness

Protests in Gaza on Friday 30 March, at which Israeli forces killed more than a dozen Palestinians, were the largest of their kind in several years and are likely to grow over the coming weeks. In this Q&A, Nathan Thrall, Director of Crisis Group’s Arab-Israeli Project, says the series of planned marches reflect the Palestinians’ determination to take matters into their own hands after losing faith in outside mediation.

Also available in العربية

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.