Standing in the presence of the Queen of England is an intimidating privilege, especially standing in front of her as a former citizen who renounced citizenship in favor of relocating elsewhere.
But former Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, was able to do just that. Decked out in the finery expected for such an occasion, the crisp suit and mirror-shined shoes were topped off by the addition of his kippah, something not as often seen in the halls of St. James.
Born in the UK in 1962 Daniel Taub would spend his early years studying at University College, Oxford, University College, London, and Harvard University. In 1989, Taub moved to Israel where he worked in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat medic, and later in the IDF’s international law division as a reserve officer.
He also worked as a speechwriter for President Chaim Herzog during this period and joined the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1991. It is here that he started to work towards strengthening the relationship between his ancient homeland of Israel and his birth land of the UK. Read more: Daniel Taub – Crunchbase
In 2011 Daniel Taub became the ambassador to the Court of St James’s, only the second UK born Israeli to do so. In his years in this position, he has weathered all of the crises that came his way with both a deep understanding of the Israel perspective but with that of the UK as well. He is aware of the delicate situation in the Middle East, and the challenges they present. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.daniel-taub.com/
This is where he saw an opportunity to delve into the issues with his unique perspective. He hopes the next ambassador will continue to strengthen the relationship with the UK, and in particular the Labor Party, where he sees many common bonds. He states on the party; “They have so much in common – the belief in freedom of speech, the position of women and of minorities, attitudes to homosexuals. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://soundcloud.com/danieltaub
Progressive support for Israel should not be that complicated. If you think of the progressive values that are most important to Israel, they are the same progressive values.”
Now planning to move back full time to Israel, Daniel Taub looks back fondly on his years as ambassador, and his years living in the UK. He and his wife Zehava have been active members of the Orthodox Jewish community in the UK, a vibrant community they’ll miss.