A meeting with the Elizabeth II, the Queen of England, is a momentous and very special occasion by any standard, but when Daniel Taub met her in 2011, the event was tinged with an air of extraordinary important.
The reason why was that Daniel Taub, who was then representing Israel, well dressed in a fine tailored suit and kippah (the small, traditional Jewish skullcap), as the prime ambassador to the Court of St. James, was a born and bread Englishman who had spent all of his formative years in the United Kingdom.
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Mr. Taub, however, was also Jewish and had eventually moved with his family to the state of Israel to reconnect with his Judaic roots. Upon meeting the Queen, she asked Mr. Taub what it was like to be now engaged in the leader of the country he had, himself, been born and raised in.
Mr. Taub responded that there were few greater honors and expressed a deep desire to move both the UK and Israel into warmer and closer relations, which had since cooled marginally in recent years.
Four years later Daniel Taub would retire from public duty as Israeli ambassador to the UK and would state publicly that he firmly believed that his dream had come true.
Indeed, he is far from the only one who upholds this line of thought; the Jewish community in the UK, for instance, widely praised Mr. Taub’s work in find peaceful and pragmatic solutions to otherwise perplexing political situations. Read more: Daniel Taub | LinkedIn
Numerous members of both the politically affiliated as well as non-politically affiliated, from both the UK and Israel, wrote, telephone and, in some cases, made personal visitations to Mr. Taub upon his announcement of retirement to express how sorry they were to see him go. It is speculated by many that Daniel Taub was the single best loved Israeli diplomat since Shlomo Argov, who worked in the 1980s.
When asked about his phenomenal success in achieving his dream of bringing the UK and Israel into a greater and more harmonious and mutually beneficial union, Daniel Taub responded, in a public interview, by stating that there were really three major factors which he found helpful.
The first of these was faith that things would improve, the second was understanding that what was good for Britain was generally good for both Israel and the world – and vice-versa – and lastly, he noted that to be a successful diplomat one always had to table those little personal inklings and grudges that, from time to time, tend to develop and throw wrenches into otherwise productive diplomacy.
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