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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

14 May 2018
[The Israelis] are using administrative measures to restrict Islamic figures who are opposed to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and who are vocal in their defense of Muslim interests at Al-Aqsa Arab News

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
14 May 2018
[Russia is] not trying to solve the roots of the conflict between Israel and Iran, but is more about delimiting it. Russia is in the best position to mitigate conflict. Deutsche Welle

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
26 Apr 2018
Les Russes sont surtout en train de redéfinir les règles du face-à-face entre Israéliens et Iraniens en Syrie. Le Figaro

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
18 Apr 2018
La Russie exprime de plus en plus son insatisfaction au sujet du conflit entre l’Iran et Israël en Syrie. Les Russes suggèrent à l’Iran, s’ils veulent agir contre Israël, de le faire ailleurs qu’en Syrie. Le Monde

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
9 Apr 2018
Moscow decided to be judge and jury [following Monday's airstrike on Iranian assets in Syria] — to side with Assad and Hezbollah, which were saying it was an Israeli attack, rather than siding with Israel. The New York Times

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
23 Mar 2018
There are two views on [John] Bolton among the Israeli security establishment. There is a concern that he’s primarily an ideologue and there’s a risk to stability, and others who say he has decades of experience. The Washington Post

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine

Latest Updates

Peace Starts In Jerusalem's Holy Basin

US mediation will have to help the sides identify a middle path toward resolving a tension potentially inherent in this approach between purely professional interests and each stakeholder’s agenda.

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade Reveals the Limits of Israeli Counter-terrorism

Israeli-Palestinian tensions are mounting, not just in Gaza and over the U.S. embassys move to Jerusalem, but also over Jerusalems Holy Esplanade, known to Jews as Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Israeli and Palestinian leaders could take simple administrative steps to reduce the risks of violence at the holy sites.


Quand la droite religieuse israélienne part à la découverte de la paix en Irlande du Nord

Quelles leçons tirer des accords qui ont mis fin au long conflit en Irlande du Nord ? Une délégation de la droite religieuse israélienne s’est rendue sur place en février 2017. Les convictions de ses membres en ont-elles été changées ?

Originally published in ORIENT XXI

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.