As Daniel Taub closes the door to his Ambassadorship, he reflects on the time he spent in the office in the recent article “Farewell Mr. Ambassador: Interview with Daniel Taub” on Thejc.com. Though brief, Taub was able to make a marked difference in the relationship between Israel and the United Kingdom during his time in office. Daniel Taub was born in the United Kingdom in 1962, but in 1989 he immigrated back to Israel where he felt like he would be more comfortable. This gave him a chance to return to his cultural homeland, as well as raise his family there. Even though he had been living in Israel for some time, when he was appointed Ambassador he was still a British citizen. To fulfill the appointment, Taub had to relinquish his British citizenship. He gladly did so and began serving both countries with unmatched dedication.
One major focus for Daniel Taub when he was first elected to his office was to increase business and trade between the two countries. He easily reached his goal, increasing trade by billions of dollars for both. Taub also believes that after his time serving as an Ambassador, the two countries enjoy a more amicable relationship than they ever had before. With his strong emphasis on trade and technology, Taub explains that a relationship with the United States was also important because they were responsible for a vast amount of Israel’s technology imports. A good British relationship was the doorway to this. Taub also talked about how it was never difficult to lobby on behalf of his country. There was never a disconnect between beliefs or anything, he simply wanted to make sure that his countrymen were equally represented in British negotiations. With the uncertainty of Iran, Taub also stressed a need for Israel to form strong allies. After his time as Ambassador, Taub is certain that he has accomplished that by helping form a strong relationship between Israel and the United Kingdom.
As all Ambassadors do, Daniel Taub had to end his service. He was a capable negotiator and an impassioned advocate. He used his knowledge and substantial experience as a diplomat to make headway in his pivotal role. He even brought the interests of Israel center stage. His actions helped generate interest in more technology and business growth opportunities between the two countries, increasing trade revenue between them by $8 billion. He was truly an amazing Ambassador.