Daniel Taub is one of the United Kingdom’s best leading diplomats in history. Having served crown and country as Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Court of Saint James from June 2011 to September 2015, Taub has fortified relationships, opened the lines of communication, and helped the two countries discover ways to set aside differences. Through the concerted efforts to improve relationships business and trade relationships between the UK and Israel increased to $8 billion.
Born and raised in the UK, Taub was educated at Oxford College, London College, and Harvard University. He held many diplomatic, legal, and political posts. All of which prepared him to become the appointed Ambassador to the Court of St. James. Representing the UK as its Ambassador allowed Taub to fortify relationships despite being in the midst of dreadful social and economic crises. Taub points to setting aside differences and placed a heavy emphasis on the importance each country played one to another. By doing so, Taub was then able to focus co-operation.
Although situations were delicate and often riddled with difficult conditions, Taub looked on the bright side. Pointing often to opportunities, the bright side would reveal itself through finding commonalities. Each country wanted peace and better understanding. By building and moving forward in a cohesive manner further opportunities arose. The cyclic cycle of working together and moving forward re-established good relationships. Taub happily adds the commonalities are simplistic yet, wonderful where both want and believe in freedom of speech, improving the position of women and minorities, and better attitudes towards homosexuals. The British roots Taub was raised upon has helped keep and nurture relationships. He points out that although there may not be an agreement of opinions, British people are willing to listen and take on board what is being said. Opening the lines of communication is one thing, but to keep them open shows determination and peaceable attitude.
The example and standard set by Daniel Taub is a true testament of the heart that beats within. He has taken a simplistic and peaceable approach to find commonalities with the people. His tender approach will be sorely missed. As he has left his appointed position as Ambassador many have expressed they will miss his presence. Taub has given up his British citizenship and has returned to Israel as an Israeli practicing as an Orthodox Jew.