|Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom|
|Prime Minister||Benjamin Netanyahu|
|Preceded by||Ron Prosor|
|Born||1962 (age 52–53)
|Alma mater||University College, Oxford
University College London
|Service/branch||Israeli Defence Forces|
Daniel Taub (Hebrew: דניאל טאוב; born 1962) is a British-born Israeli diplomat, international lawyer and writer who currently serves as Israel's Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Daniel Taub was born in the United Kingdom. He attended secondary school at the Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Elstree, University College, Oxford, University College, London and Harvard University. Taub immigrated to Israel in 1989. He served as a combat medic in the Israel Defence Forces. As a reserve officer, he served in the IDF's international law division. Soon after arriving in Israel he worked as speechwriter for President Chaim Herzog. In 1991, Taub joined the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Taub has held many diplomatic, legal and political posts in the Israeli Foreign Ministry. He is an expert in international law, with specialisations in counter-terrorism and the laws of war. As Principal Deputy Legal Advisor of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taub served as legal adviser to Israel's missions to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and represented Israel in many multilateral fora.
Taub was extensively involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, helping negotiate many of the agreements reached between the two sides, and heading the Israeli side of the Culture of Peace track of negotiations, travelling with his Palestinian counterpart to Northern Ireland to learn from the Irish experience. He was also a member of Israel's negotiation team in the Israel-Syrian negotiations. He headed Israel's observer delegation to the International Court of Justice hearings on Israel's security barrier, represented Israel before the UN investigative committee on the Gaza flotilla incident, and negotiated the entry of Israel's Red Cross society, Magen David Adom, into the International Red Cross Movement, after 70 years of exclusion.
Ambassador to the UK
In 2011, Taub was appointed Ambassador to the Court of St James's Despite some objections from the Foreign Ministry union that he was junior for the position, colleagues praised the appointment as an "inspired and worthy choice". Taub is the second British born ambassador to the UK from Israel. When he presented his credentials, the Queen asked him how it felt to be serving as ambassador in the land of his birth. He replied: "I said that I felt tremendously privileged that it fell to me to raise my children in their historic homeland after two millennia of exile, but I am also aware that in that arc of 2000 years the greatest period of opportunity for my family was found here in Britain, and I hope to express my appreciation for that by deepening ties of cooperation between our countries."
Placing a strong emphasis on trade and technology links, Taub introduced the Bizcamp start-up competition in conjunction with Google and was nominated for the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award for developing business and trade. Between the years 2011 and 2013, UK-Israel bilateral trade increased to $8 billion.
Taub has also placed a clear focus on cross-cultural and interfaith activity, and has been invited to teach Bible and Hebrew study classes in Westminster Abbey and at the Church of England Synod. His outreach has included many cultural events reaching out to ethnic and cultural groups hosted jointly with other ambassadors, as well as outreach to the UK Israeli community, in line with his philosophy that Israel is a house with many doors.
Taub is a lecturer and public speaker, known for his humour. He has been interviewed widely on television including on Hardtalk, CNN, Newsnight, Sky News, and the BBC Radio 4's Today programme, and was the first Israeli Ambassador to be interviewed on the BBC Persian service. He also lectures widely in universities and policy institutes in Israel and abroad. He has responded to occasional demonstrations against Israeli speakers at some British universities by increasing the number of embassy university visits, insisting that "when extremist elements try to silence us, our response must be to be even more active reaching out and making our case".
Having grown up in the UK, Taub has a close relationship with the British Jewish community, and was responsible for envisaging the Closer to Israel programme adopted by Jewish community for Israel's 65th anniversary. He is a popular lecturer at the annual Limmud conference.
In addition to serving as Ambassador to the UK, in March 2013 Taub became Israel's first Ambassador to the International Maritime Organization which is based in London.
Taub was the creator and chief scriptwriter of an Israeli drama series, Hechatzer, set in the ultraorthodox Hassidic community. The series, described by Taub as "a cross between Dallas and the Chosen" set out to break down stereotypes of secular and religious in Israeli society. The popular 26 episode series and was met with general acclaim.
"Grandstanding won’t win peace. Talking will", The Times 20 September 2011
- "Israel's new ambassador presents credentials to UK's Queen", Jerusalem Post
- "Grandstanding won’t win peace. Talking will", The Times 20 September 2011