Trade between the United Kingdom and Israel doubled over the four-year tenure of outgoing Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub. He is scheduled to resign from the post this summer, according to a statement from Israel’s embassy in the UK.
The statement noted that the four years since Ambassador Taub took his position had seen Israel-U.K. trade double. The report added that the same period saw academic, cultural and business links between the two nations deepen significantly. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.daniel-taub.co.il/
Speaking to an audience of the British Israeli Business Awards, Sajid Javid, Britain’s Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills said that the trade between Israel and Britain had entered what he termed as a ‘golden era.’
Figures from the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce show that more than 300 Israeli businesses operate in the United Kingdom. It also adds that the annual bilateral trade value is more than $5.5 billion while Javid placed the figure at almost $7 billion.
A Renowned Peace Negotiator
The UK-born Taub was appointed as the Israeli ambassador in 2011. At one point he, along with his Palestinian counterpart, went to visit Northern Ireland as a peace negotiator and also to learn what the situation there was like during that period. Read more
In 2012, several years before the most critical students’ union in Britain took a vote that adopted a boycott of Britain, Taub was interviewed by the Jewish Chronicle where he voiced his concern regarding the atmosphere that Jewish students experienced in certain college campuses. Read more: Daniel Taub | About and Daniel Taub – Crunchbase
He warned college administrators to ensure that all views, including those that offered support to Israel, should be freely expressed without fear or intimidation.
A defiant Taub visited Bradford in 2014after its parliamentary representative, George Galloway, said that the city was an ‘Israel-free zone.’ Taub’s successor is yet to be appointed.
Taub’s Future Plans
As a veteran diplomat with more than 25 years’ experience in the ministry, he has had a spell acting as a principal deputy advisor on legal affairs and played a crucial role in negotiations held with Syria and the Palestinians.
Previously, he had been tipped to take over as chief legal counsel for the ministry on returning to Jerusalem from London. However, it was later announced that Taub would take up the role of director of planning and strategy at Yad Hanadiv.
The organization, which works alongside several Rothschild family charities, is currently focused on improving education and boosting academic excellence among the Arab community.