How Has the Israel National Police Perceived Its Role in Counterterrorism and the Potential Outcomes?

  • Tal Jonathan-Zamir
  • David Weisburd
  • Badi Hasisi


Having learned that the public acknowledges at least some of the potential costs of policing terrorism, in this chapter we focus on whether the police recognize them as well, and how, more generally, security roles and their implications have been perceived by the Israel National Police (INP) over the years. We examine the annual reports issued by the INP in three key time periods: (1) the assignment of the INP with internal security responsibilities; (2) the First Palestinian Intifada; and (3) the Second Palestinian Intifada. Our analysis reveals that the transition to policing terrorism was perceived as a major change and shift in priorities in the first two time periods. In these periods we also found indications that counterterrorism became the top priority for the police, often at the expense of “classic” police obligations. We did not find similar remarks during the period of the Second Palestinian Intifada, where the reports suggest reconciliation with the dual role and beliefs that adequate performance in both crime control and counterterrorism is feasible. Additionally, in all three periods the INP appears to recognize the positive impacts of policing terrorism on police-community relationships, but we did not find evidence suggesting that the potential negative outcomes were also considered.


Crime Control Internal Security Terror Attack Terrorism Threat Police Legitimacy 
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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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