Police Involvement in Counterterrorism and Public Attitudes Toward the Police

  • Tal Jonathan-Zamir
  • David Weisburd
  • Badi Hasisi


In this chapter we are concerned with the effects of police involvement in counterterrorism on public perceptions of the police. We examine terrorism threat levels in Israel over time and the views of Jewish adults concerning the Israeli police. The results reveal a relationship between terrorism threats and public evaluations of the police in numerous areas including trust, procedural justice, general performance, and performance in counterterrorism. The relationship is consistent with the framework suggested by the “Rally Effect”: following the outbreak of the Second Palestinian Intifada, public evaluations of the Israel National Police (INP) rose, and reached a peak in 2002, corresponding with the peak in threat levels. However, once the threat began to weaken, evaluations of the police dropped with it, and often reached levels lower than those measured prior to the outbreak of the Intifada. These findings suggest that part of the sympathy and support for the police during high-threat periods are the result of the threat itself and the tendency for internal cohesion in the face of an external threat.


Procedural Justice Public Attitude Public Evaluation Police Effectiveness Exact Wording 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tal Jonathan-Zamir
    • 1
  • David Weisburd
    • 1
    • 2
  • Badi Hasisi
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Criminology, Faculty of LawHebrew University of Jerusalem Mount ScopusJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Criminology, Law and SocietyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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