Nathan Thrall is a leading analyst of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books and is a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group, for which he has covered Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza since 2010. His writing and analysis are often featured in print and broadcast media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Economist, Time, CNN, Democracy Now!, PRI, and the BBC. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and daughters.
Both the book and the title of <i>The Only Language They Understand</i> perfectly encapsulate the attitudes of the two sides to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The title also illustrates Thrall s main thesis: that over the entire hundred years of this conflict, only force or the threat of force, whether military, political, economic, diplomatic or in another form, has obligated the two sides to compromise. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand why this conflict is so intractable and remains unresolved. <b> Rashid Khalidi, </b> author of <i>Brokers of Deceit</i> and Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, Columbia University</p> A terrific piece of analysis by a keen and empathic observer of the region. <b> Lawrence Wright, </b> author of <i>Thirteen Days in September</i></p> These are the toughest criticisms anywhere of decades of Israeli policy. The failings of the Palestinians are here as well but the arrows are aimed at Jerusalem. Serious supporters of Israel should have their answers ready or be prepared to lose debates to opponents quoting Nathan Thrall. <b> Elliott Abrams, </b> Deputy National Security Advisor, George W. Bush administration</p>