DATE: December 4, 2017
Daniel Taub is a former Israeli diplomat who during his four years as Israeli ambassador helped to double the amount of trading that took place between the U.K. and Israel. Along with this, cultural ties, academic cooperation, and business dealings deepened during his tenure creating a golden era of sorts between the two countries. While some have estimated that the annual bilateral trade has risen to $7 billion between the nations, the Israeli-Britain Chamber of Commerce estimates it as more than $5.5 billion. What is definitely known is that more than 300 businesses from Israel have set up shop in the U.k. during the time that Taub spent as a diplomat.
Daniel Taub was born in the U.K. and along with being an ambassador for Israel he also been to other parts of the world to learn more about their situations. In Catalonia, the Jewish community is split over a secession vote with many Jews seeking independence and Taub could see ahead that this might become an issue. He also had the foresight to recognize that some college campuses in Britain were not including every view; they were mainly focusing on anti-Jewish views while not allowing Israeli points of view to be talked about with people feeling afraid. He saw this problem ahead of time, and this issue led to the boycott of Israel by Britain’s most populated student union.
On top of being a past diplomat, Daniel Taub is an international writer and the director of strategy and planning for the Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild) Foundation, which is located in Jerusalem. He attended University College, Oxford, Harvard University, and University College, London, and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat medic. In 1991 he served the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
In the media, Daniel Taub is well known and has been a public speaker and lecturer for quite some time. The BBC Persian service considered him important enough to make him the first Israeli Ambassador that the network ever interviewed, and he has also been interviewed on CNN, Newsnight, Hardtalk, and Sky News. As a writer, Daniel Taub has been published in the Guardian, The Times, the Huffington Post, and the Daily Telegraph and his book, “Parasha Diplomatit,” covered insights on the bible and sections of the Torah. His work to eliminate religious and secular stereotypes that have seeded division has come in the form of the series HeChatzer, which is a well-known Israeli drama.
To learn more, visit http://www.daniel-taub.com/.
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