Daniel Taub: Forging Ties with the United Kingdom

Daniel Taub served as the ambassador of Israel to the United Kingdom, from June 2011 to September 2015. He was born in England but decided to go back to his home country later in his life. His first years in Israel were spent on joining the Israeli Army, where he held several positions. His superiors have noticed his skills in negotiating, so they enlisted him to become the chief negotiator of Israel on issues and concerns with Palestine. Daniel Taub would speak with his counterpart regarding the peace process between the two states, and they were also sent to Northern Ireland for seminars talking about the importance of peace treaties. The knowledge that Daniel Taub earned through his visits to Northern Ireland would be his key to becoming the next ambassador of his country to the United Kingdom.

 

Upon returning to the United Kingdom, Daniel Taub had to meet the Queen. They had small talks, and he explained to the Queen why he deserves the post. He thanked the Queen later on for confirming his application. Under his term as the Israeli diplomat, he focused on the bilateral trade between the two states. He encouraged Israelis to put up a business in the United Kingdom, and as a result, more than 300 entrepreneurs from Israel came to the most significant cities of the United Kingdom to put up their businesses. British business people, on the other hand, invested in Israel and opened up their companies in the country’s commercial capital, Tel Aviv. The bilateral trade between the two states is at an all-time high, reaching more than $5.5 billion. It signified a new age in the relationship between Israel and the United Kingdom, and the two states are looking forward to strengthening their economic ties.

 

Aside from improving the business relationship between the two states, Daniel Taub is also responsible for Israel’s intense focus on the cultural and educational exchange. During his term, many British students were sent to Israel to study the nation’s culture, and the same thing happens to Israeli students, who are sent to the United Kingdom to explore their culture. These exchanges are proven to be effective, as more British students now understand how the Israeli culture differs from other civilization in the Middle East. Daniel Taub had to leave his position in September 2015, making way for new ambassadors. However, his contribution to the strengthening of the relationship between the two states would be remembered for a long time. Learn more: http://www.hampsteadshul.org.uk/event/isaiah-berlin-lecture-2017-daniel-taub/