Israel is safer for Israeli citizens than the United States after a mass shooting in the Jewish state, a new study found.
The study, released on Tuesday by the Jerusalem-based Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, found that Israel is also a more safe place to live than other major US cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.
More: The study was carried out by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and found that the Israeli police are more likely to be involved in shootings than the American public.
“Israeli police are much more likely than other American police to use deadly force in incidents where they are acting in self-defense, to be shot at, or to be seriously injured,” said Avi Selk, the ACLU’s deputy legal director.
“But Israeli police also report far more shootings than other Americans.”
The study also found that Israeli police shoot far more than the US public in fatal shootings, in which they kill more people than the average US citizen.
The findings, based on data from the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, also found the Israeli public was safer than other Western countries when it came to gun ownership.
However, the study also said that Israeli citizens have less access to guns than the general public.
In a separate report released last week, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) found that in 2011, the average Israeli had 1.9 guns per person in his or her household.
A study published by the US National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) in 2011 also found Israeli citizens were more likely in 2012 to be victims of violent crime than other US citizens.
The NCVS is a national survey of about 1,000 people conducted by the Bureau for the Study of Criminal Justice.
According to the NLCHP, Israeli citizens are also more likely then Americans to have guns in their homes, to own a gun on the streets, and to own firearms in their cars.
Israel is not immune from gun violence, as the country has a population of about 4.5 million.
In 2015, there were more than 2,500 reported gun-related deaths in Israel, compared with more than 500 in the US.