Jonathan Schanzer
Former Terrorism Finance Analyst for the US Treasury

Jonathan Schanzer, author of Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine, is a former counterterrorism analyst for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to joining the Treasury, he conducted research at several U.S. think tanks, including the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he authored the book Al-Qaeda’s Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror. His latest book is State of Failure: Yasser Afrat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State.


Mr. Schanzer holds a bachelors degree from Emory University and a masters degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Middle Eastern studies. He also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo in 2001. He has published numerous scholarly journal articles and national newspaper editorials. He has appeared with frequency on American television channels, such as Fox News and CNN, as well as Arab television channels, such as al-Jazeera. Mr. Schanzer has traveled widely in Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories. He speaks Arabic and Hebrew.

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Hamas vs. Fatah
The Struggle For Palestine
Palgrave Macmillan

In June 2007 civil war broke out in the Gaza Strip between two rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Western peace efforts in the region always focused...

State of FailureYasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State
Palgrave Macmillan Trade

A provocative look at the past, present, and future of Palestine, arguing that the biggest obstacle to Palestinian statehood isn't Israel, but its own corrupt...

Middle East Blind Spots: A look at what the mainstream media doesn't tell you about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Following the Money: How the US Government Fights Terrorism Financing: Jonathan tells the fascinating story of how the government wages the financial war on terror, and what lies ahead.
Inside the War on Terror: A View From Washington Since 2001: Jonathan reviews the last eight years of fighting terror, with an insiders view.

Praise for Hamas vs. Fatah
"This well-argued account helps sort out the two groups' tangeld history of nationalism and terrorism, the latter of which Hamas refuses to give up."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Jonathan Schanzer has performed a very useful task in explaining [the] rifts in the uniform Palestinian identity. It stands to help us, as Americans, have a firmer understanding of the reality of the situation..."
-- Washington Times

"Schanzer investigates the conflict between rival Palestinian factions with nuance and detail as he exposes the long-broiling tensions and violent eruptions between Fatah and Hamas… Neophytes to the tangled world of Palestine's internal conflict will be treated to a serious, no-frills account; those readers more familiar with the issues will enjoy how Schanzer weaves a web of connectivity between the Palestinian conflict with Israel, the conflicts involving Lebanon, the rise of al-Qaeda and American complicity."
-- Publishers Weekly