While presenting his bona fides to Queen Elizabeth II Daniel Taub wore a yarmulke. Born in Britain in 1962 Daniel Taube served as Isreal’s ambassador to the Court of Saint James’s for four years beginning in 2011. An Orthodox Jew he moved to Isreal in 1989.
As Ambassador Taub and the queen chatted in the Kensington embassy her majesty asked his feelings on being his adoptive country’s top diplomat in the UK. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.embassymagazine.com/biog/biog_countries/biog_emb37_israel.html and https://www.jnf.co.uk/2015/07/jnf-uk-bids-farewell-ambassador-daniel-taub/
Daniel Taub responded by explaining that for him immigrating to Isreal was like returning from exile. He also expressed gratitude for being able to raise his family in what he described as their “historic homeland”.
Then the diplomat in Daniel Taub revealed himself. He expressed gratitude for the safe haven and opportunities that Britain had provided for him and his forebearers.
He added that accepting the ambassadorship was his way of showing gratitude to both Isreal and Britain. He was giving back by fostering positive relations between the two nations.
Educated at Oxford and Harvard Daniel Taub is an expert in International Law. His diplomatic career began in 1991 when he accepted a position with the Isreali Foreign Ministry.
He has served as the ministry’s Principal Deputy Legal Advisor. Taub has been a part of the Middle East Peace Process as one of the Isreali negotiators during talks between Isreal and Syria.
In an interview given upon ending his ambassadorship in Britain, Daniel Taub acknowledged Britain’s importance not only to Isreal but to the world.
Not only is it the world’s financial center but the British media wealds great influence internationally. Taub feels this is especially important given the current state of affairs in the Middle East.
Sometimes ambassadors struggle with promoting their country’s view of an issue when it differs from their own. For Ambassador Taub this was never an issue. He believed that it was his job to make clear the views of Isreali citizens and their government.
At the end of his four-year tenure as Ambassador to Britain Daniel Taub was regarded as one of Isreal’s most successful ambassadors to the Court of Saint Jame’s.