Daniel Taub was the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom from June of 2011 to September 2015. In the article, “Farewell, Mr. Ambassador: Interview with Daniel Taub” posted on Thejc.com the author discusses the tremendous sacrifice that Taub made to serve both the countries of Israel and the United Kingdom. The author also discusses the implications of his servitude as he exits his famous, but the temporary office. Having been born in the United Kingdom, Taub politely gave up his citizenship so that he could serve as the ambassador for Israel. Taub looked at this sacrifice in a very enlightened way say that not only was he able to now raise his own children in his cultural homeland, but he was able to pay both countries back for the amazing opportunities they have provided him with.
Daniel Taub stated that he wanted to use the time that he served as ambassador to bring the two countries together and he felt as though he accomplished that goal. In fact, there have been some who have compared the work that he did in his office to that of Shlomo Argov, another great Israeli Ambassador. Taub took his position very seriously because of the persistent crisis that is always looming in the Middle East. The friendship between Israel and the United Kingdom is pivotal because, in a lot of ways, British media is absorbed around the world. Taub simply used his position to represent where his countrymen and their leaders where politically, and what was necessary for accord between the two countries.
With the Middle East in constant turmoil, Daniel Taub’s work was more important than ever for another reason as well. He recognized not only the importance of peace between the Israeli government and the United Kingdom but the global implications. The fact is that Israel and Palestine are still in conflict, remains an ever-present subject in the mind of an ambassador. Taub was interested in the overall vibe towards the Jewish community as well as the degree of anti-Semitism during his tenure with radical groups that threatened his countrymen. Their representation globally was important. Though some still exist, Taub cited an instance in Egyptian television that might indicate a slow change in attitude toward the Jewish community. He believes that this trend will continue. As the sun sets on his time in office, Daniel Taub explained in the article that leaving is bittersweet, but he hopes to continue his diplomatic work in the future.