He may not look it, but Diplomat Daniel Taub is actually a native British Orthodox Jew. However, less than three decades ago, he gave up his citizenship to Britain to settle into the State of Israel.
It was when he met with the Queen of England in 2011 that he announced that he had become the New Ambassador to the State of Israel in the Court of St. James. At that time, he no longer looked Orthodox with his hair freshly cut.
When the Queen asked him how he felt representing the Jewish historic country, Taub replied that he felt high privileged. He stated that he also felt very privileged to be raising his children in the historic homeland and that he hopes to bring Britain and Israel closer together.
A feeling of that connection being bridged was reported to be felt by the Jewish community in Britain four years later. Not just by the Jewish community, either. Taub has also appeared on shows like Today and Newsnight to make the case for strong British relations to the State of Israel.
In particular, Daniel Taub is known for his ability for putting his personal views aside in favor of the population of the State of Israel. When asked by the London embassy how he manages to do it so easily, Taub replied that he doesn’t think of the question in terms of differing opinions but rather in terms of meeting the goal of the common understanding.
As far as the ISIS issue in the mid-east is concerned, Taub does acknowledge the turmoil. However, his focus is on how it affects the State of Israel rather than trying to help take control of ISIS’ effect on the mid-east itself. Instead, he focuses on the positives of alignments with several other countries, such as the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan.
He is particularly interested in trying to re-establish the foundations between the British and the Israel Labor Parties. He reports that progressive values, such as equal opportunities, are very strong in Israel at this time.
Overall, Taub does not think of himself as an ambassador to the Jewish community in general, but only to the St. James Court.
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