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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

2 Oct 2017
Hamas wants Egypt and the Gulf's diplomatic support, but it knows that Iran will offer military backing in a way the Sunni states won't. Al Jazeera

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
19 Sep 2017
From an outside perspective, [the ruling Palestinian Fatah has] almost no control in Gaza today, so [an announcement by Hamas to dissolve its Gaza administrative committee is] better than nothing. The New York Times

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
9 Aug 2017
The main candidates to inherit from [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas all share his political programme. Reuters

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
10 Jul 2017
If [Palestinian Authority President Abbas] hadn't put this extraordinary pressure on Hamas and on Gaza [...], he wouldn't have driven Hamas into [exiled Fatah leader] Dahlan's arms. Al Jazeera

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
21 Jun 2017
Both the Israelis and Palestinians are pros at wearing down envoys with endless details. They’ve done it to the most experienced negotiators. The Washington Post

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
6 Jun 2017
Today we see a steady erosion of incentives for Israel to end the conflict and establish a Palestinian state. Financial Times

Nathan Thrall

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine

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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.

El fin de la era de Abbas

Originally published in esglobal