Daniel Taub immigrated from the place of his birth, the United Kingdom, to Israel in 1989. He’d given up his British citizenship, but as an Orthodox Jew, in many ways it was like coming home. He served as combat medic in Israel’s army, the Israeli Defense Force, or IDF.
While still in the UK, Taub had attended and then graduated from both Oxford and Harvard Universities. In 2011, Taub became the second Israeli ambassador to Britain that had been born in the UK, spanning a bridge from his birthplace to the homeland of his people. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://soundcloud.com/danieltaub and http://www.parashadiplomatit.com/
Taub was honored by meeting the Queen of England, and he began the monumental occasion by reciting the blessing on meeting a monarch. When she asked him how it was going to feel representing Israel, the country he’d relocated to less than 30 years before, he responded by telling her how privileged he felt to be raising his children in their historic homeland.
Daniel Taub has definitely proved himself one to take action, being there in the middle of everything in addition talking to the media and on news shows about a hopeful friendship between the UK and Israel. Taub worked hard, and to show for it the two nations get along better than they ever have.
Taub and his wife, Zehava, have six children together, and they are recognized as part of the community. Taub has never found it difficult being in office as a religious Jew – even the kippah he always wears is widely accepted to the point where nobody mentions it as it is such a regular sight.
When Daniel Taub was once asked how he can set aside his own views from the ones of the government he represents, to quote he answered by saying that his main job is “to make people understand – where the Israeli people are and where the Israeli leadership is – as thoughtfully as I can. It is not usually a question of different opinions”.
The Ambassadorship didn’t last forever, though, as Taub knew it wouldn’t. In 2015, after four long yet rewarding years, he stepped down. He said that to be ambassador is a fascinating and demanding job, with numerous hours put in.
A short funny YouTube clip of Foregin secretary Boris johsnon and me that got a lot of hits http://www.thejc.com/videos/news-videos/boris-johnson-and-ambassador-taubs-handshake-mix