In some ways, retiring Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub’s professional life has mirrored his personal. While Daniel Taub may have been born in Britain in 1962, he had spent the previous 30 years living and raising his family in Israel before coming back to Britain as the Israeli ambassador four years ago.
Now, with a successful tour of duty ended, the beloved ambassador is stepping down for retirement.
No matter what role he plays in life, father, diplomat, statesman, Daniel Taub has always stood by his Orthodox Jewish beliefs. When he first came to the U.K he met Queen Elizabeth II wearing standard diplomat attire – and his kippah. Throughout his tenure, he worked hard to bring the two nations closer together, and in many ways, he was successful.
The Jewish community in the U.K is certainly sorry to see him go. At a farewell reception held this past week, many guests spoke highly of him and his service to both Israel and the U.K as well.
Regardless of the popular (or unpopular) views held of Israel by many in the U.K, he faithfully presented Israel’s side to the government, and spoke to the media to ensure a fair and balanced portrayal of what was happening overseas.
Daniel Taub had many good things to say about the Jewish community. During his tenure as ambassador to the Court of Saint James, Daniel Traub described the community as being very generous and open. He, in turn, tried to accept as many of those invitations as he could.
His words to the British media had an impact far beyond the shores of Britain. The British media outlets are broadcast globally, and so his words were telecast far and wide.
Now, after years of hard work, it is fair to say that the relationship between Britain and Israel is thriving. As ambassador, Daniel Taub saw his primary duty as one where he would express and explain the perspective and position of the Israeli leadership and the Israeli people.
Daniel Taub has also spent his time focusing on building bridges with communities within the U.K. The Labour Party, in particular, has a lot in common with the progressive views of Israel, as he has pointed out in previous interviews.
If the focus shifts onto the areas of commonality and beliefs in causes such as freedom of speech, women’s rights, and fair treatment of minorities, he believes there is room for cooperation.