Israel – UK Diplomatic Relations under Daniel Taub

Daniel Taub was until recently the Israel ambassador to the United Kingdom. Taub’s four-year career as Israeli ambassador has been hailed as one of the most successful diplomatic missions between the countries in recent history which has seen trade between the United Kingdom and Israel double. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.daniel-taub.com/

A statement released by the Israeli embassy said that there has been significant deepening of ties, especially in the areas business, academia and culture between the two countries.

The British Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Mr. Sajid Javid, while giving a speech at the British Israeli Business Awards recently praised Daniel Taub’s term saying that during his tenure total trade between the United Kingdom and Israel has entered what he termed as the “golden era”.

Daniel Taub further added that more than 300 Israeli companies have begun operations in the United Kingdom. The Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce puts the total annual bilateral trade between the United Kingdom and Israel at over the $5 billion mark, though Javid puts the figure at almost $7 billion. Read more: Daniel Taub | Crunchbase

Daniel Taub is a diplomat who was born in 1962 in the United Kingdom. He grew up in the United Kingdom attending Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ secondary school in Elstree, Hertfordshire.

Taub then proceeded to Oxford University College in London and Harvard University. In 1989, Taub moved to Israel to serve in Israel Defense Forces where he started serving as a combat medic. Taub was then offered a position in the international law division of the Israel Defense Forces as a reserve officer which he gladly took.

As a diplomat, Taub was widely involved in the Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations and was also a member of the Israel-Syrian negotiations team. He was also in charge of Israel’s delegation of observers to the International Court of Justice hearings on Israel’s security barrier.

Taub was the representative of Israel before the United Nations investigative committee on the Gaza flotilla incident. Their negotiations lead to the granting of entry of Israel’s Red Cross Society into the International Red Cross Movement, after over 70 years of exclusion.

Daniel Taub also lectures extensively both in universities and policy-making institutions in Israel and overseas. He does not shy away from responding to demonstrations against Israeli speakers by maintaining that “when extremist elements try to silence us, our response must be to be even more active reaching out and making our case.”

Given that Taub grew up in the UK, he maintains a cordial relationship with the British Jewish Community.

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