Former Israeli Envoy Daniel Taub’s Visit To Israel-Free Zone In England
Daniel Taub, the former Israeli Ambassador to the UK, ended his diplomatic tenure in 2015 and said his goodbye to the queen before he left. Actually, he was born in England but being of Jewish descent, he elected to change his citizenship and migrated to Israel. He eventually became its envoy to the UK. He used his early experiences and training in Britain to the advantage of his motherland and this resulted in the doubling of the trade between his country and the UK during his tenure. This could probably be the greatest contribution of the former Israeli Ambassador to the enduring relationship between the two countries.
Taub was born and raised in England in a family of Orthodox Jews. As such, he did not have a problem of migrating to Israel. By virtue of his being educated and trained in the UK, his entry into the Israeli diplomatic corps must have been just a natural consequence.
He admitted that he feels privileged that he is able to go to his chosen country to raise his family. But he discounts the view of his detractors that say he is just an envoy to England’s Anglo-Jewry. He still believes though, that England’s Jewish community is important and looks at his diplomatic tenure as very critical in building the bridge between the two countries. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/13/israel-peace-pressure-israeli
For instance, there was a time when he visited Bradford City during his tenure as Israeli Ambassador to Britain. George Galloway, Bradford MP, had previously declared in a speech that the constituency is an “Israel-free zone” and that no tourists, academics, good or services should be allowed from this country.
But Taub visited the city anyway proving that there are also some people there who welcome Israeli and what this country could offer. He went there by invitation within the community amidst tight security. After the visit, Taub said that he was surprised to know that there were different attitudes about Israel contrary to what Galloway was promoting. As a result of his visit, he developed the opinion that Galloway does not represent the real voice of Bradford.
At present, Taub is now working as Yad Hanadiv foundation’s Director of Strategy and Planning in Israel. He started his diplomatic work in the UK in 2011 and relinquished his post in 2015. He was educated in Oxford, England at its University College. He also studied at Harvard University in the Kennedy School of Government. He migrated to Israel after completing his studies in 1989.