Daniel Doron 1929-2022
Daniel Doron, a dear friend of liberty in Israel and around the world, passed on the 28th of February 2022. He worked tirelessly to offer an alternative to the socialist policies that for many years dominated Israeli politics. His writings in favor of freeing markets appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Jerusalem Post, Financial Times, New Republic, National Review, and numerous other publications. Doron founded the Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress in 1984 to provide research support for free-market policies.
Doron had an immense impact by shifting Israeli economic policy in a pro-market direction. He served on the Prime Minister’s economic advisory board and was personally involved with both the Entrepreneurial Center of Tel Aviv University and the founding of the Herzliya Conference, an annual conference on national policy. Shimon Perez, Benjamin Netanyahu, Milton Friedman, and many others have celebrated his important contributions to introducing opportunity-creating economic reforms.
In addition to his promotion of economic freedom, Doron contributed to the enrichment of culture. Doron personally translated James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye into Hebrew. He worked closely with the painter Shalom Moscovitz—known professionally as Shalom of Safed)—and represented the artist in 15 museum arrangements and created an award-winning film on Shalom of Safed, The Innocent Eye of a Man of Galilee.
Up to the day of his passing, Daniel Doron continued to promote liberty and limited government in Israel, and was highly engaged with Atlas Network. He had been planning to meet Atlas Network Executive Tom Palmer February 28 in Jerusalem, the day that Doron passed, but Palmer was delayed by COVID-19 in Istanbul and they missed each other.
“Daniel Doron’s kindness and generosity, as well as his foresight and wisdom, will be sorely missed, not only in Israel, but around the world. He left a legacy and it is up to us to honor it. May his memory be a blessing.” - Dr. Tom Palmer