When Daniel Taub met the Queen of England for the first time he presented his credentials to her. They included a letter stating that he was the Ambassador of Israel to the UK and the kippah on his head.
The kippah indicated that even though he was one of the leading diplomats in the UK, he was not going to change his practices and beliefs as a strict Orthodox Jew. Mr. Taub was born in the UK but moved to the State of Israel when he was 27 years old.
When the Queen asked him how he felt representing his new country he said he felt privileged to represent his historic homeland and raising his children there after a 2000 year exile gave him great joy. Four years after his term as Israel’s Ambassador to the UK ended he felt he had accomplished his goal of bringing the two countries closer together.
During Daniel Taub’s four year tenure, trade between the UK and Israel doubled. Mr. Taub is acknowledged as having helped deepen cultural, business and academic ties between the two countries. In 2015, Sajid Javid, the Secretary of Business, Skills and Innovation told the British Israeli Business Awards that bilateral trade between the UK and Israel had entered a golden era thanks to Mr. Taub.
Over 300 businesses from Israel setup shop in the UK and bilateral trade between the two countries reached $7 billion. Mr. Taub was also active in the diplomatic front. When Bradford West MP George Galloway declared Bradford a Jew free zone, Mr. Taub visited the constituency and held meetings with councilors, religious leaders and members of the community. Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia andDaniel Taub | LinkedIn
Daniel Taub is an Israeli lawyer and diplomat of British Origin. He is the current diretctor of planning and strategy at the Rothschild (Yad Hanadiv) Foundation in Jerusalem. He was born in the UK in 1962 and attended secondary school in Elstree, Hertfordshire.
He then went to college at Oxford, Harvard University and London University. In 1989 he immigrated to Israel. He served in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat medic before joining the IDF’s law division as a reserve office.
Daniel Taub then worked as a speechwriter for Chaim Herzog, the sixth president of Israel. He became interested in diplomacy and joined Israel’s foreign ministry in 1991. He has been active in the Israel-Palestine peace process helping to negotiate numerous peace agreements between the two countries.
His biggest moment in the foreign ministry came when he was appointed as Israel’s ambassador the UK in 2011. After leaving the foreign ministry he has spent his time writing, lecturing and making appearances on TV debates.