Unlike the United Kingdom, Israel is a young nation. For the entire period of its existence, Israel has not had the much productive relationship it has had Britain the last four years. In that small time frame, trade between the two countries has more than doubled.
The drastic diplomatic growth can be attributed to one individual without any fear of contradiction, British born Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub. Both countries acknowledge that the open-minded diplomat has been critical to the Golden Era, the term used to refer to his four-year tenure as the Israeli envoy to the Court of St. James.
When the ambassador first presented himself to the queen of England, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, he clad Jewish regalia. He humbled himself before her and answered her questions objectively, yet wittily too.
He assured her that his birth in her country did not present a conflict of interest but rather the motivation to bring the two nations together.
Daniel Taub delivered on the promise, the same promise he made to his native and legal country. He deliberated for the continued partnership of the two countries and saw the two nation’s interdependence solidify in terms of trade, socialization, and cultural exchange.
The two countries confirmed that over 300 Israeli businesses were established in the United Kingdom during the Golden Era which also nurtured bilateral trade to reach an all-time annual high of seven billion dollars during Daniel Taub’s last year as Ambassador.
Despite his excellent performance, Taub went through trying times as ambassador. He had to endure anti-Israeli sentiments which came up numerously without reacting undiplomatically. The biggest student union in Britain voted to support a boycott of Israel and tension rose in the higher institutions of learning.
Taub had to demand sobriety and assertiveness of University Administrators whom he expected to cultivate inclusiveness in their institutions.
He wrote to them asserting that he expected that individuals within the Universities should feel confident to make pro-Israeli sentiments without fear of discrimination and bullying.
His other significant obstacle was Bradford’s Member of Parliament, the racist George Galloway. The politician declared his constituency an ‘Israel free zone.’ Shortly after making the abrasive and offensive statement, Daniel Taub visited Bradford in defiance. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://www.daniel-taub.com/
During his visit, Taub visited several local churches and even graced a few social events. He claimed that the people of Bradford invited him to their constituency in a spirited effort to dissuade him from believing what Galloway has stated about them being against Israel. He then explained that he was pleased to witness first hand that Bradford constituents were not as racist as their representative.