The Commendable Contribution of Ambassador Daniel Taub towards the Growth of Israeli-UK Cultural, Academic, and Economic Ties

There is no doubt that the former Israeli ambassador to the U.K., Mr. Daniel Taub, did a fantastic job. Before resigning in the summer of 2015, he had served his home country in the highest envoy office in U.K. for four years. During his tenure, the relationship between the two countries improved for the better both socially and politically.

Improved Cultural, Academic, and Economic Ties

Sources privy to transactions at the Israeli Embassy in the United Kingdom indicated that the trading cooperation between the Jewish country and the European economic giant had greatly improved under Ambassador Taub. According to the sources, business transactions in 2015 were double those of 2010 before Daniel Taub assumed office.

The sources also indicated that besides trade, cultural ties between the UK and Israel are much more improved today as compared to how they were seven years ago.

Ambassador Taub also takes credit for having massively contributed to the introduction and sustenance of academic exchange programs between the UK and his home country, a move that has improved education standards in Israel.

A lot regarding UK-Israeli economic ties came out even clearer during the British Israeli Business Awards ceremony of 2015. The event was graced by Mr. Sajid Javid, the British Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

It was during his address to the audience that Sajid revealed that bilateral trade between UK and Israel was nearly hitting $7 billion per year. In his view, trade between his country and the Jewish nation had reached a golden era.

Even though his figures slightly differed with those released by the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce, Sajid had managed to capture the state of affairs perfectly well. The chamber of commerce projected the annual bilateral trade between Israel and UK to be in the region of $5.5 billion. Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia

The adopt a boycott of Israel

Another notable aspect of Daniel Taub’s reign as Israeli ambassador to the UK can be traced back to 2012 during the adopt a boycott of Israel by UK students.

A short funny YouTube clip of Foregin secretary Boris johsnon and me that got a lot of hits http://www.thejc.com/videos/news-videos/boris-johnson-and-ambassador-taubs-handshake-mix

During that period, the majority of college and university administrators in the country were barring free expression of opinions and feelings by students. It took the intervention of Daniel Taub who wrote to the administrators pleading with them to give students the freedom of expression.

Earlier Interactions

Even before he was appointed to head the Israeli envoy to the UK in 2011, Ambassador Daniel Taub had had strong personal ties with Europe. First, he was born and partly raised in the UK and secondly, he was among the key peace negotiators during the Northern Ireland’s crisis.

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