Goodbye, Mr Taub

Daniel Taub was born in the United Kingdom in 1962 and was raised there until he moved to Israel in 1989 to serve as a combat medic for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

This led to a position as a reserve officer in the IDF’s international law division, which then in turn started him on a career path in diplomacy. Taub has held many diplomatic, legal, and political posts throughout his career.

He was a member of Israel’s negotiation team for the Israel-Syria conflict, and a negotiator on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. This resume set him on the trajectory to be the perfect candidate for representing both his cultural and geographical homelands.

He was appointed as the new Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Court of St. James in 2011. During his time as Ambassador, Daniel Taub placed a heavy emphasis on trade and technology links.

Between the years of 2011 – 2013, UK-Israel bilateral trade increased to 8-billion dollars. He introduced the Bizcamp start-up competition alongside Google, and was nominated for the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. Read more: Daniel Taub | LinkedIn and Daniel Taub | Ideamench

Alongside his position as Ambassador to the UK, he also became Israel’s first Ambassador to the International Maritime Organization which is based in London. All these things could be seen as a very successful career as his position comes to an end.

At a farewell reception at his home, Daniel Taub was met with many Jewish people expressing sorrow for the end of his Ambassadorship. The records will show he has proved to be one of the most successful and popular Israeli envoy in history.

The Queen of England asked him at the beginning of his position in 2011 how he felt about giving up his British citizenship to represent the country to which he immigrated less than 30 years earlier. He said he felt “privileged to raise his children in their historic homeland”, but that he was also “aware of the opportunity they found in the United Kingdom.”

Daniel Taub closed his answer by saying he hoped to express his appreciation of that fact by “bringing the two countries together.” Four years after that meeting he stated: “I actually feel that happened.” He certainly wasn’t alone in that thought.