About Us

The APOI lab was established by Dr. Amnon Cavari to study the behavioral aspect of the special relationship between the United States and Israel.


In our work, we combine public opinion data with analysis of media coverage of events, elite rhetoric and political action.


Relying on our big data approach, we examine trends in elite and public support and assess causes of change. Our research is funded by various sources, including the Israel Science Foundation (ISF Grant no. 432), the Israel Institute, the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA), and the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy.


APOI research focuses on five main topics:


  • American public opinion toward Israel.
  • Presidential rhetoric about Israel.
  • Congressional action regarding Israel.
  • US media coverage of Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • Israel in US elections.

In our work, we study each separately and combine data and analyses from various topics to assess the interrelationship between them.


APOI is hosted at and supported by the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. Reichman University students are involved in various APOI activities; they take classes on American public opinion toward Israel, write honors projects or graduate theses on the topic, and work as interns or research assistants.

APOI organizes events on the subject of American politics, including the quadrennial US Elections Conference, a 3-day conference that takes place every January following the presidential election to discuss the election’s domestic and foreign implications, as well as occasional talks and roundtables. For more information on the Quadrennial US Elections conference, Click here >>