Back in 2015, Sajid Javid, the British Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills described the tenure of then Israeli Ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub, as ushering in a “Golder Era” of trade between their two countries. Certainly, the figures bear out that description. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://askreporter.com/2017/09/religion-should-have-a-place-at-the-negotiating-table-says-israeli-negotiator-daniel-taub/
Incredibly, in the four years Ambassador Taub served, UK-Israeli trade doubled. According to the Israel-British Chamber of Commerce, over 300 Israeli businesses began operations, generating an annual bi-lateral trade of over $5.5 billion. Secretary Javid suggested that number could be even higher, into the $8 billion dollar range.
Much of this economical boom was based around technology and trade, stemming from the Bizcamp start-up competition that Ambassador Taub initiated in tandem with Google, along with many other projects.
Beyond the foundational economic impact of Daniel Taub’s diplomatic career, the Israeli Embassy further remarked on this “Golden Era” as “…a significant deepening of academic, business and cultural links between the two countries…” A “Golden Era”, indeed.
Daniel Taub was born and raised in the United Kingdom, the second UK-born Ambassador to Britain, which certainly played a role in his success as Israeli Ambassador. Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia
While Ambassador Taub studied at Oxford and Harvard in his youth, during his diplomatic tenure he became concerned with the atmosphere on many of the UK’s college campuses. In a 2012 interview with the Jewish Chronicle he was quoted as remarking to administrators that, “…every view, including those supportive of Israel, can be expressed freely and without fear of intimidation…”
Ambassador Taub was an unwavering representative of his country, even in the face of adversity. He even went so far as to visit the so-called “Israel-Free Zone” of Bradford, to show his defiance of anti-Israel government leaders including George Galloway. Earlier, as a peace negotiator, he traveled to Northern Ireland with a Palestinian counterpart, to learn more about the situation there.
Ambassador Taub’s “Golden Era” leaves a legacy of increased economic, as well as diplomatic, cross-cultural and interfaith ties between Israel and the UK that will be felt for generations to come.
Ambassador Taub continues to serve Israel today as the Director of Strategy and Planning at the Tad Hanadiv Foundation in Jerusalem.