Farewell, Mr Ambassador

Israel has never had very positive ties with many sovereign states except the United States and African states. That, however, can be mainly attributed to the fact that it is a young state with a long history of war.

Nonetheless, it has made diplomatic progress globally. One of the most drastic and appreciated diplomatic developments that Israel has made broke the record of close European ties that the nation has made.

In a period of only four years, Daniel Taub managed to make Israel and the United Kingdom so friendly that the world is now hopeful that Israel can one day be at peace.

In less than four years, the two countries experienced trade between them double up and their cultural and academic ties strengthened exponentially. The same years of growth were so pleasant to watch and experience that British diplomats have referred to the period as the ‘Golden Era’.

The man behind the Golden Era, however humble and soft spoken, continues to intrigue the diplomatic world for beating the odds of cultivating the ties of two such proud countries so fast. Even more peculiar is the diplomat’s nature of birth and parentage, his citizenship too.

Daniel Taub was born and bred in the United Kingdom because his Israeli family as in Britain to seek asylum from political persecutions that plagued their home. Daniel Taub is an Israeli who was appointed by his countrymen to represent their interests in Court of St. James.

The diplomat, a man of an open-mind, met her Majesty Elizabeth II the Queen of England for the first time when he presented himself at the Court of St. James.

He presented himself while clad in his traditional Jewish regalia and bowed his head in humility to show the queen that his allegiance was Israeli but he was at her service. He had kept his word to her and his country by the time of his resignation.

Taub never seemed to be defiant but displayed a brave defiance one time when Israelis came under verbal attack from George Galloway. The Member of Parliament for Bradford, a known racist, declared his constituency an ‘Israel free zone.’ The bigotry had spread across to some institutions of higher learning and UK’s biggest student union had voted to embrace a boycott of Israel.

Times were bad for Taub at that time. However, he exercised his diplomatic authority by demanding of university administrators not to let any cases of discrimination or intimidation perpetrated on pro-Israeli students go unpunished.

He then defiantly visited Galloway’s constituency and had a jolly good time with the friendly locals. When asked why he made the visit despite Galloway’s sentiments, Daniel claimed that the locals made numerous efforts to invite him to Bradford just to show him that Galloway’s sentiments neither represent their will nor their feelings towards the people of Israel.