Daniel Taub | Former Israeli Ambassador Oversaw Improved Trade Relations with the UK

Trade between the United Kingdom and Israel doubled during the tenure of outgoing Israeli Ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub. The Israeli embassy announced the resignation of Taub. The Friday statement also announced that during Taub’s tenure, the two countries shared significantly deep academic, cultural, and business links.

According to Sajid Javid, the British State Secretary for Business Innovation and Skills, the total amount of trade carried out between the two countries had entered a golden age – alluding to burgeoning trade activities. Javid was speaking during the British Israeli Business Awards.

More than 300 Israeli companies have started operations in the United Kingdom according to figures from the Israeli-Britain Chamber of Commerce. What’s more, annual bilateral trade surpassed $5.5 billion.

Taub was appointed Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom in 2011. He once served as a peace negotiator who traveled with his Palestinian colleague to Northern Ireland to learn about the developing situation in the area.

Years before the largest student union in Britain voted unanimously to adopt an Israeli boycott, Taub revealed during a 2012 Jewish Chronicle interview that he was highly concerned about the rising atmosphere on some of the country’s campuses. Read more: Daniel Taub – Crunchbase

He further warned administrators to remain vigilant and ensure that all views from students including those supporting Israel needed to be expressed freely without any fear of backlash and intimidation. In 2014, Daniel Taub made a defiant visit to Bradford after city representative George Galloway declared it an Israel-free zone.

Daniel Taub

Daniel Taub is one of the most successful Israeli diplomats to the United Kingdom who helped open communication and trade relationships between the two countries. He is also a writer and international lawyer whose four-year tenure as ambassador was arguably one of the most successful. Today, he is a strategy and planning director at Yad Hanadiv Foundation based in Jerusalem.

He was born in 1962, that too in Great Britain. He went to Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School located in Elstree, Hertfordshire. He received his higher education at Oxford University College and later Harvard University in the US.

In 1989, Taub relocated to Israel where he immediately joined the Israeli Defense Forces to serve as one of the combat medics. He then joined the International law division of IDF as a reserve officer. He also worked as President Chaim Herzog’s speechwriter.

In 1991, Taub started working for the Israeli Foreign Ministry. In 2013, he received the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative award for his continued support of young entrepreneurs and startups.

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