WIT: What Israelis Think?


This ongoing research project (with Gilad Hirschberger) examines Israelis' attitudes toward territorial policies. Results of five surveys conducted between the years 2018-2020 suggest that there is a political paradox in Israel. Namely, although the majority of Israelis self-identify as rightists, their attitudes on territorial issues are more in line with the political left. The majority of Jewish Israelis support either a two-state solution or separation from the Palestinians, and only a minority support annexation of the West Bank. Furthermore, support for annexation had a negligible effect on voting in the 2020 elections. 

The second facet of our research examines Jewish settlers' emotional and motivational reactions to a possible withdrawal from the West Bank. The project emphasizes the centrality and importance of psychological reactions to forced evacuation—an aspect of human experience often ignored in political scholarship. We argue that, in any given scenario, settlers will differ in their experiences of the evacuation and the resulting psychological ramifications. Using a unique experimental survey design, over the past few years we have examined attitudes and perceptions among West Bank settlers towards a range of possible scenarios that might accompany any future withdrawals from the West Bank.

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 .הירש הפלר, ס. והירשברגר, ג. 2022. יתפנו מרצון? ליברל


 הירשברגר, ג., הירש הפלר, ס., ופוקס, ק. 2021. מצביעים ימין, חושבים שמאל | הסיפוח בעיני הציבור הישראלי – לא מה שחשבתם. ליברל


Hirsch-Hoefler, Sivan, Dennis T. Kahn, and Gilad Hirschberger (2019). Reactions to imposed political change: A prospective experimental investigation of Jewish settlers’ resistance to state contraction. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 25(1), 13.‏ View.


Hirsch-Hoefler Sivan,  Saguy Tamar and Gilad Hirschberger (2018). The psychological Effects of evacuation: The case of Jewish settlers in the West Bank.  In Golan, G., and Sher, G.  (Eds.), Spoiling and coping with spoilers.  Indiana University Press. View