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Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
Jerusalem, Israel

Crisis Group Role

Ofer Zalzberg is Crisis Group's Senior Analyst for Israel/Palestine since 2010 covering the Arab-Israeli conflict and Israel's domestic and foreign policy. He is based in Jerusalem.

Areas of Expertise

  • The Arab-Israeli conflict
  • The nexus of religion, national identity and conflict
  • Israeli domestic politics and regional foreign policy
  • Designing and assessing conflict transformation interventions

Professional and Educational Background

  • Director of Oz Consultancy, serving non-governmental and media organisations engaged in conflict resolution work (2005-2010)
  • Co-designer of the Kumi group facilitation method for participatory strategic planning in conflict situations (2006-2008)
  • Research Associate, Institute for Development & Peace, Duisburg-Essen University (2005-2006)
  • Research Associate, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (2004-2005)
  • MA International History, London School of Economics


  • Hebrew 
  • English 
  • French 

In The News

16 Jun 2017
The stark message from Trump and Riyadh is, 'Now you must choose. Are you with the bad guys or the good guys?' Netanyahu understands that Trump has set himself up as judge and jury. Al Jazeera

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
8 Jun 2017
[Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu has been trying to hold back but he has been under very strong pressure from the settlement movement. AFP

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
28 May 2017
[Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is trying to respond to pressure from the religious right, which is asking, ‘Fifty years after capturing Jerusalem, what’s next?’ Los Angeles Times

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
18 Apr 2017
Israel is trying to de-incentivize future hunger strikes and is trying to basically embrace the 'no concession' policy… they are taking deterrent measures. Anadolu Agency

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
13 Apr 2017
The pressures within Israel to do something regarding the humanitarian catastrophe [in Syria] are not accompanied by a politically realistic strategy. Los Angeles Times

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
31 Mar 2017
[The new U.S. position on Israeli settlements] allows Netanyahu to use Trump as the pretext for avoiding annexation and at the same time [avoid] being labelled as Leftist by the settlers. The Los Angeles Times

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine

Latest Updates

Can Trump and Netanyahu Make Progress Toward the “Ultimate Deal”?

As U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepare to meet, the fundamentals of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process hang in the balance.

Trump’s Threat to Arab-Israeli Peace

U.S. policy threatens to undo not only the two-state solution, but stable relations with Israel’s Arab neighbors.

Originally published in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

Don’t Let Symbols Blind You to the Mundane at the Temple Mount

Once again Israeli leaders denounce UNESCO and tell their people with an odd tone of satisfaction: “The whole world is against us; we you told you so!”

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post