Trade Between Israel and the UK Doubled During the Ambassadorship of Daniel Taub

Daniel Taub was Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom for 4 years, during which time trade between the two nations doubled.

Upon his resignation in the summer of 2015, the Israeli Embassy in London not only noted the doubling of trade but also said that links between Israel and the UK had become deeper under Taub’s leadership, specifically business, cultural and academic links.

Sajid Javid, who is the UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, gave a speech at the British Israeli Business Awards prior to Taub’s resignation, in which he said that trade between the two countries had entered what he called a “golden era.” According to data released by the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce, more than 300 Israeli businesses operate in the United Kingdom, and trade between the countries is in excess of $5.5 billion. Though Javid contends that the real number is closer to $7 billion.

Daniel Taub was actually born in the United Kingdom in 1962, and he attended the University College in Oxford, University College in London and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

After moving to Israel in 1989, he became a combat medic in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) before becoming a reserve officer in the international law division. In 1991, he joined the Israel Foreign Ministry, where he held many legal and diplomatic posts.

Taub became Israel’s ambassador to the UK in 2011. He was also a peace negotiator for the Middle Eastern nation, and he and a counterpart from the Palestinian Authority once visited North Ireland together, so that the two could learn from the situation there and apply this knowledge to theirs.

In 2012 — a number of years before the the largest student union in Great Britain decided to boycott Israel — Taub expressed concern in an interview about the current atmosphere on some college campuses in the UK in relation to Israel. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.behance.net/danieltaub and http://israblog.nana10.co.il/blogread.asp?blog=864881

He further called on school administrators there to create an environment in which all points of view — including views in support of the Israel — could be freely expressed and be done so without any fear of intimidation.

Defiantly, in 2014 Daniel Taub visited the city of Bradford in northern England, after the city’s representative in Parliament — the staunchly anti-Israel George Galloway — declared that the city was a Zionist-free zone.

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