Daniel Taub: Israel’s Most Successful Ambassador to the UK

Born a British citizen, educated at Oxford University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard 55-year-old Daniel Taub emigrated to Isreal in 1989. An international lawyer diplomat and writer he devoted over 15 years of his life to serving his adopted country. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://www.bloomberg.com/authors/AC5IR9iOgJI/daniel-taub

“Adopted country” is a misnomer. As an Orthodox Jew, Daniel Taub believes that the move to Isreal was not a relocation, but the end of two thousand year exile. Mr. Taub considers it a blessing that he and his wife Zehava are able to raise their children in their ancestral homeland. Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia and Daniel Taub – Crunchbase

He has served in the Isreali Defense Forces as both a combat medic and reserve officer in the IDF’s international law division. In 2011 he became Isreal’s ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Sajid Javid the British Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills described Daniel Taub’s time as the ambassador to Court of Saint James as a “golden era” of trade between Isreal and the United Kindom. According to the Isreali Embassy, during Mr. Taub’s four-year tenure trade between the two countries doubled to 5.5 billion dollars.

Daniel Taub’s time in the UK found he and his Palestinian counterpart serving as peace ambassadors to Northern Ireland. Both diplomats wanted to see if anything could be learned from the conflict in Europe that could be applied to resolving the conflict in the Middle East.

In 2014 a vote by the National Executive Committee of the National Union of Students’ in the UK chose a position of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) policy against Isreal. BDS is an attempt to use political and economic pressure to force Isreal to abandon settlements on Palestinian Lands and the Golan Heights and to coerce Isreal into allowing equal rights for Palestinian-Arab citizens living in Isreal and to allow Palestinian refugees to return to the area.

In response to the situation, Mr. Taub encouraged administrators on college campuses across the UK to ensure that all points of view on the issue could be heard. Upon the invitation of others, he defied Member of Parliment George Galloway’s declaration that his constituency was an “Isreal Free Zone” and traveled to the city of Bradford in Galloway’s district to meet with faith leaders and councilors.

Mr. Taub currently serves as Director of Strategy and Planning for the Yad Hanadiv Foundation. Yad Hanadiv’s mission is to “Advance Isreal as a healthy vibrant democratic society”.

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