Daniel Taub is the former Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom, serving in that capacity from 2011 to 2015. Trade relations between the U.K. and Israel skyrocketed during Daniel’s tenure as ambassador and general relations between the two nations continued to remain strong. That is not to say that everything was roses during Daniels ambassadorship.
He deftly navigated what appeared at face value to be anti-Israeli sentiment in some sectors of the U.K. and also remained critical of the situation in the Middle East, making it clear that it was his opinion that many Western nations, the U.K. included, were perhaps being fooled by some of the recent gestures made by the government of Iran.
Trade Relations Between the United Kingdom and Israel Have Never Been Better:
One of the huge positives that occurred during Daniel Taub’s four years as ambassador was the doubling of trade between Israel and the United Kingdom. Sajid Javid, Britains Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills stated that trade relations between the two nations have now entered a “golden era.”
A staggering 300 plus Israeli business enterprises began operating in the United Kingdom during Daniel’s four years. This statistic is backed by the figures compiled by the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce.
According to the chamber, bilateral trade has surpassed $5.5 billion. Sajid Javid takes it a step further, pushing the figure closer to the $7 billion number.
The Situation That Came Up In Bradford:
On the 2nd of August 2014, Bradford West MP George Galloway made the extremely controversial statement regarding his constituency that it was “an Israel-free zone.” Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://www.jnf.co.uk/2015/07/jnf-uk-bids-farewell-ambassador-daniel-taub/ and http://www.alondon.net/index.php?action=art&id=7198&lang=he_IL
In the wake of this statement, an uproar was unleashed on social media with many people calling Galloway a racist. Daniel Taub visited the city of Bradford interested to see if this sentiment was truly representative of the people of Bradford.
What he found was a welcoming city full of open-minded individuals who did not seem to at all mirror Galloway’s statements.
Daniel Taub went as far as to characterise Bradford as “an important model of how people from all faiths and backgrounds can live and work and co-operate together.”
Daniel Taub’s Legacy:
Daniel Taub’s legacy as Ambassador to the U.K. was the subject of an interview done by The JC. Topics ranged from Daniel’s first time meeting the Queen to his stance on the current situation with Iran and current relations between the Labour Parties of both the U.K. and Israel.
Daniel has remained adamant that relations between the two countries is still an ironclad bond but none the less, he sees a need for a re-examination of relations between the respective Labour Parties.
He also continues to believe that the U.K. is taking Iranian promises for nuclear reform too seriously, believing that the Islamic state is still the biggest threat to the Middle East. Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia and Daniel Taub | LinkedIn
He has become truly excited by the possibilities of warmer relations between Israel and other Muslim majority countries in the region. In the end, he feels his ambassadorial tenure was fully rewarding and often made well worth it by the simple things.
He loved being able to talk to different people about different things on a daily basis. These are the kinds of things that made his tenure a truly enjoyable one.