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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

21 Sep 2017
The next war between Israel and Hezbollah will be dramatic for Israel’s population and will have consequences for whoever is in power. The Washington Post

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
4 Aug 2017
We are seeing a dramatic crisis between Jordan and Israel which makes de facto joint management [of the Holy Esplanade in Jerusalem] much more complicated. Anadolou Agency

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
2 Aug 2017
The sense among Palestinians, as they see the metal detectors [at the Holy Esplanade] being removed, is one of victory. They are thinking about how to capitalize [on] it. Foreign Policy

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
30 Jul 2017
There is a strong sense of humiliation, especially among the right wing [in Israel, following the removal of security barriers from the Al-Aqsa mosque]. AFP

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
23 Jul 2017
Violence [in Israel] is likely to worsen absent a major policy shift. Netanyahu’s mistake was installing the metal detectors without a Muslim interlocutor. The Guardian

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
21 Jul 2017
Jerusalem has not witnessed such sights [of violence] in more than a decade, and much more may come. Los Angeles Times

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine

Latest Updates

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.

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