Yoram Hazony is an Israeli conservative thinker and theorist. He is president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem and chairman of the Edmund Burke Foundation. The Edmund Burke Foundation is a conservative think tank based in the Hague, Netherlands. He founded the Shalem Center in Jerusalem in which Zionist doctrine and Jewish history is studied.
Natanyahu-linked Shalem Center
The Shalem Center is connected to the Likud Party in Israel with Hazony being a member of Netanyahu’s inner circle. The center operates as a bridge between Israeli and American “conservatism” and is funded by American Zionist tycoons such as Ronald Lauder and Sheldon Adelson.1
Hagee & Barak-linked Burke Foundation
Hazony, alongside David Brog, founded the Edmund Burke Foundation in order to influence right-wing, conservative and nationalist movements in favor of Israel. David Brog is former Israeli PM Ehud Barak’s nephew and served as John Hagee’s executive director. Hagee is a famous Texan televangelist who founded Christians United for Israel and promotes Christian Zionist ideals among American Evangelicals.
Defining Conservatism with a Zionist Twist
Hazony promotes Zionist nationalism merged with conservatism. Some have named him as “the man behind national conservatism”. Hazony seeks to blend American and European conservative sentiment with Zionist objectives. His main line of thought consists of promoting Zionism as the legitimate form of “Jewish Nationalism”.
Hazony, as the chairman of the Edmund Burke Foundation, plays a subtle role in shaping national conservative and right-wing discourse in the US. In 2019, the Edmund Burke Foundation held a very important conference featuring many prominent American right-wing and conservative figures such as Tucker Carlson, John Bolton, Josh Hawley (former senator), Michael Anton (former Trump official) alongside the notorious Zionist funder of Facebook, Paypal and Palantir espionage systems, Peter Thiel. Hazony was the key player in this conference, calling for the separation of the nationalist movement from neoconservatism and neoliberalism.
Hazony has a blog in which he promotes Israel’s supremacist and racial ideals and what he calls “Jewish nationalism”. He believes that the spirit of the modern political arena is based on a conflict between “nationalists and imperialists” (imperialism as in globalism). He consequently seeks to portray Israel’s blatant occupation of Palestine as a vanguard force against “globalism and imperialism”.
Admiration for Zionist Supremacist Rabbi
Hazony claims that he was mesmerized by the famous Jewish supremacist and terrorist Meir Kahane after visiting him. Kahane’s racist anti-Arab movement, Kach, was behind certain deadly terrorist attacks against Palestinian civilians such as the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre done by Kach member Baruch Goldstein, which resulted in the death of 29 Palestinian civilians.