Daniel Taub has become recognized as one of the most successful and popular in the UK’s list of envoys from Israel. Perhaps this is in part because they can claim him to some extent as their own.
Taub’s early life was spent in the UK, and his higher education includes degrees from institutions such as Oxford and Harvard.
In 1989 Taub gave up his UK citizenship to immigrate to Israel, where the Orthodox Jew desired to raise his family. Taub’s expertise in international law, with a specialization in laws of war and counter-terrorism, enabled him to serve in various legal capacities in the government.
As a member of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, he served in both political and diplomatic positions.
As Ambassador to the Court of St. James from 2011-2015, one of Taub’s goals was to bring the two countries closer together, and the evidence reveals the great extent of his success.
Daniel Taub sees the faith in his life as one way to build bridges. This became evident at his first meeting with the Queen when Taub, donning his traditional kippah, presented his credentials and recited the blessing appropriate for meeting a monarch. Taub took many opportunities to build strong relations between Israel and the UK.
He brought Israel’s point of view not only to the government but also to the media through many television and radio interviews and through meetings with businessmen and women, members of academia and participants in joint research. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/13/israel-peace-pressure-israeli and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/8833883/Gilad-Shalits-return-is-a-testament-to-Israels-love-of-life.html
Even in the midst of crises such as Gaza, ISIS and continued unrest with Iran, Taub strove to thoughtfully present where the Israeli people and leadership stood, turning the emphasis to common interests such as trade and technology.
The results were a phenomenal increase in bilateral trade as well as a nomination as Grassroot Diplomat from the UK.
Daniel Taub likes to see the bright side, pointing to the ongoing peace agreements with Egypt, Jordan, the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia.
He recognizes future challenges to build and nurture relations with those governments which are quietly supportive of Israel. He also recognizes the vacuum in the fight against antisemitism.
Since leaving his position as Ambassador to the UK, Taub continues to write on Israel and the Middle East for many worldwide publications.