When first meeting the Queen of England Daniel Taub not only introduced himself as the Ambassador of Israel, but he also made his commitment to his beliefs as an Orthodox Jew clear by wearing his Kippah. A British citizen from birth in 1962, nothing would cause his faith in Judaism to falter.
Although he himself was born in England, Daniel Taub was happy to have the opportunity to raise his children in their historic Jewish homeland after two millennia of exile, but also loved and felt loyalty to England which had provided him with so much. This made Daniel a perfect diplomat, fully dedicated to growing the bond between both nations.
After four years of exemplary service Daniel knew he had truly made an impact in a positive way in the lives of the Jewish citizens of Great Britain. Many regard him to be the most successful diplomat from Israel since Shlomo Argov. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.daniel-taub.com/ and http://www.daniel-taub.co.il/
Dealing gracefully through crisis and with great diligence with the day to day work of building the business community and academic communities to form stronger partnerships. He truly made a difference.
Britain’s importance on the world stage cannot be underestimated, being both a financial powerhouse and having great influence on the zeitgeist of the world, having close ties between Israel and Britain is of paramount importance to both nations.
There are definitely further challenges still. The Labour party in Britain and that in Israel have not been as close as they had been, but the need to bring them together is clear. They have so many of the same goals and ideologies. The relationship is certainly critical, especially with the tumultuous situation in the Middle East, and few men could be called better suited to the task than Daniel Taub.
In particular, the situation with the Iranian agreement is of great concern, worries over a nuclear Iran strike close to home for Israel, and resources and money entering Iran, that will in turn fund terrorism is also of great concern.
As to the situation with Israel and Palestine, Daniel learned that there is a strong need to address Israeli security concerns first and foremost before any possible discussion of withdrawal.
The good work that Daniel did as Ambassador will surely be missed. His impact is hard to measure and will be felt for years to come.