The former Israeli ambassador to the UK, Mr. Daniel Taub, has played a vital role in fostering not only diplomatic and trading ties but also cultural and academic ties between the UK and Israel over the last four years.
Records filed at the Israeli Embassy in the United Kingdom indicates that trade between the two countries in 2017 is double that of 2013.
These records were recently confirmed by Mr. Sajid Javid, the British Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, who described the current trading UK-Israeli links as golden.
The Secretary estimated the annual bilateral trade between the two countries as of today to be in the blink of hitting $7 billion.
During the British Israeli Business Awards that was held three months ago, it was revealed that the number of Israeli-owned businesses that are currently operating in the United Kingdom today is more than 300.
The event was attended by Ambassador Daniel Taub and Secretary Sajid Javid as well as representatives from the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce.
Although the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce had a different value of the countries’ annual bilateral trade from that of Mr. Said Javid, it agreed to the fact that the value was in excess of $5.5 billion.
Daniel Taub has made a great contribution to his motherland since he became an ambassador in 2011. Taub was born, raised, and schooled in the United Kingdom.
He then moved to his motherland in 1989 aged 27. Daniel Taub has an undying passion towards creating a conducive bilateral partnership between Israel and the rest of the world. During the Northern Ireland crisis of 2011, Taub was involved in peace negotiations alongside a Palestinian diplomat.
Adopt a Boycott of Israel
Adopt a boycott of Israel that was spearheaded by college students in Britain was a threat to links between Israel and Britain. The movement was fueled by student leadership and was not auguring well with campus administrators.
Daniel Taub is on record for having intervened in the stalemate and in a way calmed the unnecessary standoff. In 2012, he urged college administrators to allow freedom of speech to be expressed freely by all students, regardless of whether they supported the movement or not.
With every student given the freedom to express their views, adopt a boycott of Israel was resolved within a couple of years after Taub’s intervention. Bradford was made an Israel-free zone in 2014.
Big Gap Left
Daniel Taub left a big gap to be filled in the Israeli Embassy in the United Kingdom. His predecessor has his job clearly cut out.
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