World over, successful diplomats go beyond just speaking to a country’s government. While it is every diplomat’s role to accurately report official exchanges between his or her country and the host country, to anticipate trends and discover straws in the wind, a diplomat should be able to mingle with other leaders outside the government who are capable of influencing public opinion. One diplomat who is believed to have perfected this move is Daniel Taub.
One of the instances where Taub proved his diplomatic skills is in the 2012 interview with the Jewish Chronicle.
In the interview, which occurred many years before the UK’s largest student union voted for Israel boycott, Taub expressed his concern about political atmosphere is some of the Britain’s campuses. He went ahead to warn the college administrators to ensure that every student’s view, including those that were pro Israel are expressed freely without any form of intimidation. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://soundcloud.com/danieltaub and https://www.bloomberg.com/authors/AC5IR9iOgJI/daniel-taub
In 2014, he defiantly visited Bradford city after the city’s MP, George Galloway, declared the constituency an Israel-free zone. An ardent anti-Israel crusader, Galloway had urged his constituents to boycott everything that’s associated with Israel—goods, services, tourists, and academics coming to local universities.
During his 4 years tenure as an Israeli ambassador to the UK, the trade between the two countries is cited to have doubled. Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia
According to Britain–Israel Chamber of Commerce, over 300 Israeli businesses set up operations in the UK and annual bilateral trade rose to over 5.5 billion USD. Besides trade, business, cultural, and academic links between the two countries deepened during his tenure.
Daniel Taub was born in the UK in 1962 and went to University Colleges in Oxford and London as well as the prestigious Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University). Between 1989 and 1991, Taub served as a combat medic in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces).
His career in the Israel Foreign Ministry official began in 1991, and as an international lawyer, he was lucky to land several legal and diplomatic posts. He served as the Israeli ambassador to the UK between 2011 and 2015. Currently, Taub is the strategy and planning director of the renowned Yad Hanadiv Foundation.
Taub has also been acknowledged for his involvement in the Israeli- Palestinian peace process. He has been in the forefront of many historic agreements between the two countries and has travelled severally with other Palestinian diplomats to Northern Ireland to learn and participate in various peace initiatives. He is also a member of the Israel-Syrian negotiation team.