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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

Languages

  • Hebrew 
  • English 
  • French 

In The News

13 Dec 2017
Without a [U.S.] reversal of the recognition [of Jerusalem as Israel's capital], the [Palestine Liberation Organization] would need something on the scale of U.S. recognition of Palestine. Pacific Standard

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
13 Dec 2017
[Los palestinos] tienen poca confianza en sus líderes y ya no responde al llamamiento de los partidos a la movilización porque sospecha que obedecen a sus intereses partidistas más que al interés nacional. EL PAÍS

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
12 Dec 2017
If [U.S.] President Trump now submits a request to Israel to do this and that, in order to restore trust, it becomes more difficult for the Israelis to say 'no,' because that request comes from a hostile president. CBC

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
9 Dec 2017
Turkey will seek a prominent role in coordinating Muslim reactions to the U.S. move. AFP

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
9 Dec 2017
Es demasiado pronto para decir cómo evolucionarán las protestas [de los palestinos], pero está claro incluso que aumentarán cada día que pase. EFE

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
8 Dec 2017
[Les] protestations [des palestiniens après la décision du président américain, Donald Trump] restent limitées comparé aux scénarios alarmistes des derniers jours. Mais la situation reste volatile. Libération

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine

Latest Updates

Encouraging the Knesset’s Right Wing

Trump may have earned himself goodwill in Israel, but at the cost of inflating annexationist sentiment and stirring trouble at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade.

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.

A Huthi Missile, a Saudi Purge and a Lebanese Resignation Shake the Middle East

Volatility is rising across the Middle East as local, regional and international conflicts increasingly intertwine and amplify each other. Four Crisis Group analysts give a 360-degree view of the new risks of overlapping conflicts that involve Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lebanon and Israel.

In Ireland, Israel’s Religious Right Engages with Ideas for Peace

Our Israel Senior Analyst Ofer Zalzberg joins nine leaders of Israel’s national religious community as they seek ideas for peace in meetings with the architects of Northern Ireland’s peace process. Unexpectedly, he finds the trip inspires subtle shifts in their thinking – and in his own.

Palestinian Activism Reawakens in Jerusalem after Holy Esplanade Attack

A deadly attack on 14 July 2017 at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade revealed the growing precariousness of the site’s Status Quo. In this Q&A Ofer Zalzberg, Senior Analyst for Israel/Palestine, says the mobilisation of Palestinians to reverse Israeli security measures around the site could signal a revival of activism in East Jerusalem after years of decline.