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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

15 Mar 2018
We’re caught in a crisis of identity. People [in Israel] are worried about globalization, about a sense of losing tradition. It’s the autonomy of the individual versus Jewish tradition. Newsweek

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
7 Mar 2018
The leadership in Ramallah is deliberately careful and low-profile with its public messaging now, not knowing whether and to what extent the Trump-sponsored ‘ultimate’ plan has been updated. Al-Monitor

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
6 Mar 2018
[Israel's Prime Minister] Netanyahu finds himself unable to voice opposition to [U.S. President] Trump despite some significant differences of opinion. Xinhua

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
3 Mar 2018
The Israeli government’s assessment is that Hezbollah/Iranian presence near the armistice line [in the Golan Heights] is bound to lead to the establishment of offensive infrastructure in the area. Eurasia Review

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
27 Feb 2018
Instead of reacting to every sound coming from (Washington), the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah is focusing on preparing their strategy for the U.S. plan, which may be published imminently. Arab News

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine
11 Feb 2018
We are seeing a renegotiation of the rules of the game [among Israel, Iran and Syria] with regard to the kind of military activity that each side tolerates in the other. The New York Times

Ofer Zalzberg

Senior Analyst, Israel/Palestine

Latest Updates


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.

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.