Recap: Former UK-Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub Brought on “Golden Era” in UK-Israel Business Relations

Written in June 2015, an Algemeiner article titled UK-Israeli Trade Doubled Under Resigning Ambassador Taub highlights how the former UK-Israeli Ambassador, Daniel Taub, doubled trade during his four-year service to the Israeli embassy. Taub, who became ambassador in 2011, was born in the UK before beginning his diplomacy. Supporting Taub’s accomplishments, a spokesperson from the Israeli embassy is quoted in a statement commending the enormous trade increase as well as “a significant deepening of academic, business, and cultural links,” between the UK and Israel throughout Taub’s term. In addition to this glowing praise from a representative of the Israeli embassy, Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and Skills in Great Britain also spoke highly of Taub’s work. Speaking at the British Israeli Business Awards in 2015, Javid referenced the period of trade that was catalyzed by Daniel Taub as a “golden era.” Javid calculated annual bilateral trade at the time to be near an incredible $7 billion, citing the 300+ businesses that have been established in the UK according to the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce. The Algemeiner article notes many of Daniel Taub’s stances and actions during his time as Israeli ambassador, including his actions as a peace negotiator. In this role, he traveled to Northern Ireland with a Palestinian counterpart to familiarize himself with the area and their situation, according to the article. Algemeiner also specifically points out Daniel Taub’s astute foresight on issues of conflicting attitudes about Israel on college campuses, which he specifically discussed during an interview with the Jewish Chronicle in 2012. In the interview, Taub especially emphasized his hope that “every view, including those supportive of Israel, can be expressed freely and without fear of intimidation.” This was well before Britain’s largest student union voted to adopt a boycott of Israel in 2014, in line with the popular international movement to establish Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions policies in efforts to halt international affairs with Israel. The article notes that Daniel Taub’s successorhad yet to be announced at the time of the June 2015 article. Indeed, Taub set a large precedent for his successor by bringing on a “golden era” of trade between Israel and the UK even amidst growing international upset with Israel. Learn more: http://www.yadhanadiv.org.il/staff-member/daniel-taub