The study finds that 60 percent of Jewish teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 prefer "strong" leaders to the rule of law. It also finds that in cases where state security and democratic values conflict, 70 percent of teenagers believe security should come first.
The report's authors said the study shows that nationalist beliefs among Jewish youths are strengthening, and liberal democratic values are weakening.
But some in Israel cautioned that youth all over the world tend to have more extreme attitudes that moderate over time.
"Younger people tend to have extremist attitudes whether it is to the right or the left," Yehuda Ben Meir of the INSS, a Tel Aviv think tank, told AOL News. "Look at the demonstrations and even the violence by Jewish settlers against Palestinians. Most of them are kids, under 18. Then you grow up, get married and have kids and your attitude changes."
At the same time, the results of Israel's most recent elections show that the entire country seems to be moving to the right. In Israel's last elections, in 2009, the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu Party received 15 seats to become the third largest party. Party head Avigdor Lieberman this week tried to pass a "loyalty oath" that said that any person seeking citizenship must pledge allegiance to Israel as a "Jewish and a democratic state." That bill has stalled but Lieberman
says he will introduce it in the next session.
Ben Meir acknowledges that the Israeli public has shifted to the right.
"What's happened here is that the left has become the center and the center has become the right," he said. "We believe that it's because of the disappointment after the withdrawal from Gaza."
Today's study found that just 18 percent of young Israelis believe there is a real chance for Israel to live in peace with its Arab neighbors. Twelve years ago, some 28 percent believed there was a real chance for peace.