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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 Feb 2017
Essentially Netanyahu was presented with the choice between a one state or two [state solution]. But he is in favour of one state and a half. AFP

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
16 Jan 2017
[Netanyahu] feels that Abbas has been able to do this to him — to outsmart him and get the international community to support Palestinian views. ABC News

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
16 Jan 2017
The Trump administration will have to deal with the fact that the European and Arab countries are saying: '[the two-state solution] is what we are committed to.' News 24

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
1 Nov 2016
Everything that created the controversy [in UNESCO's resolution on Jerusalem's Holy Site] is a long-standing norm in this organization. There has not been any government decision to implement it on the Jordanian, Palestinian, or Israeli sides. The Federalist

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
28 Sep 2016
It leaves out the transformation that [Shimon Peres] went through from the '70s, when he supported settlements and he was a hawk, but by the '90s he was looking for ways to dismantle the settlements Vice News

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
27 Jul 2016
[Netanyahu has released a surprise on-camera apology for warning about Arab ‘droves’ on Israel’s election last year.] One dimension is to improve Israel’s international image with respect to the Arab minority. Some international observers can find this credible. AP

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