Yoram Hazony is director of the Shalem Center, an institute for Jewish social thought and Israeli public policy based in Jerusalem, founded in 1994, publisher of a journal, Azure: Ideas for the Jewish Nation. Previously, he was an adviser to Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, then serving as opposition leader (1991–94). Hazony was a member of the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference (1991) and a member of The Jerusalem Post editorial staff. He holds an A.B. from Princeton in Japanese studies and a Ph.D. from Rutgers in political philosophy. He is the author of THE DAWN: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther ("A brilliant exegesis" — William Safire, The New York Times). He has won many awards for public speaking, including 1st place at the North American Debate Championship (1985). He lives in Israel.
THE JEWISH STATE: The Struggle for Israel's Soul (Basic, 2000)