It is not everyday that one gets to meet the Queen of England. This, however, was just was Daniel Taub did, bowing graciously, taking her hand and greeting her majesty warmly in the hallowed court of St. James in 2011. Read more: Daniel Taub | LinkedIn and Daniel Taub | Wikipedia
The Queen of those storied lands was garbed in her typical and classy regalia, beads and buttons and a shimmering orange dress, the kind of outfit which had become something of modern sigh of the office; Mr. Taub, equally well dressed also sported his “badge of office” – his kippah.
After a brief moment of silence the Queen paused and asked Mr. Taub, a diplomat, native born Englishman and Orthodox Jew who had immigrated to Israel and attained citizenship, how it felt to be representing a country he had moved to but thirty years ago.
Mr. Daniel Taub responded that he was highly privileged to be representing his people’s historic homeland after a 2000 year exile.
Many years later Mr. Taub’s diplomacy to The Crown would be seen as having had a profound effect upon bridging the cultural and circumstantial gaps that had historically separated the State of Israel and England.
Mr. Taub retired from his diplomatic post to Israel in 2015 and though his duties are over, the lasting bridges he has built between the two world powers continue to be fondly remembered. So much so that during his farewell party, held at his home, the English Jewish community expressed that they were very sorry to see him depart.
More than that, it has been said and restated that Mr. Taub is perhaps the single most well received Israeli envoy unto England since the late Schlomo Argov who operated, and was murdered, in the early 1980s.
When the former diplomat was asked to reflect upon his past and consider what had made him so popular and effective at his job Mr. Taub sunk into deep contemplation. At length responded that it was faith. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://www.bloomberg.com/authors/AC5IR9iOgJI/daniel-taub
Faith, he said, could build bridges in one’s life. He further remarked that many envoys he had encountered had difficulties with their duties due to the fact that they found it difficult to table their egos and put aside their nominal political differences in the greater service to their respective countries.
Taub stated that such things rarely ever disturbed him, given that where Israeli flourished, so would he as both he and the leadership of the state were dedicated, wholeheartedly, to the highest Progressive values.