DANIEL AND ZEHAVA Taub arrive at Buckingham Palace 311.
(photo credit: Yakir Zur)
LONDON – New ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub presented his diplomatic
credentials to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, becoming the
18th top representative of Israel in the UK.
Taub was accompanied by his
wife, Zehava, Deputy Head of Mission Alon Roth-Snir, defense attaché Col. Hadar
Furman and other embassy staff.
“It has been a truly remarkable day, full
of remarkable experiences,” the ambassador recounted at a ceremony at his
official residence on Thursday attended by Jewish community organization
“One of the most special was having the opportunity for the first
time in my life to say the special 2,000 year bracha
[blessing] that we make
when seeing a reigning monarch,” he said.
The queen showed interest in
Israel’s hi-tech sector, and the ambassador explained that in the absence of
natural resources, Israel has come to the realization that human ingenuity is
its key resource.
They also discussed the revival of the Hebrew language
and opportunities for deepening cultural and academic links between their
Recalling his conversation with the queen, Taub said his
tenure would be an opportunity to recognize Britain’s role in the establishment
of the State of Israel.
“The queen asked me what it had been like to have
been raised in Britain and now be serving as an ambassador. I said to her that I
felt tremendously privileged that it fell to me to raise my children in their
historic homeland after 2,000 years of exile.
“But I also know that when
I look at our history, that the period of greatest opportunity in that arc of
2,000 years was found here in Britain, and it is really my hope that I will be
able to express my appreciation for that by deepening the ties and cooperation
between our countries, and in doing that I know that I am heir to a tremendous
tradition of cooperation and friendship,” he said.
Born in London, Taub
has degrees from Oxford and Harvard and has 18 years experience in the Foreign
Ministry, where he has played a key role in a range of high-level legal and
diplomatic arenas. He has been extensively involved in negotiations with both
the Palestinians and the Syrians.
Taub is an authority on humanitarian
law, international organizations and counter-terrorism.
He succeeds Ron
Prosor, who is now ambassador to the UN.