Daniel Taub was the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2015. When he was meeting the Queen of England for the first time, Mr. Taub was dressed in casual attire that was to be expected.
He had a suit, trousers and black shoes that were in accordance with the decorum expected at the Court of St. James. In addition to this, Mr. Taub wore a kippah or skullcap, which is also known as a yarmulke, on his head when meeting the Queen of England.
The wearing of the kippah or skullcap during such meetings was an emblem of the fact that Daniel Taub was a practicing Orthodox Jew. He may have been born in Great Britain and was now serving a high ranking diplomatic post, but he was staunch in maintaining his Orthodox Judaism beliefs.
Anybody who has encountered Daniel Taub while he was the Israeli Ambassador to the UK, knows full well that he was proud of the fact that he was Orthodox and that he kept up the tradition while living in the UK. Read more: Daniel Taub – Crunchbase
During their meeting at the Court of St. James, the Queen of England asked the new Israeli Ambassador how it felt to be representing a nation which he immigrated three decades ago.
She was also aware that Daniel Taub had to revoke his British citizenship to represent Israel on the world stage as a diplomat. Mr. Taub answered that he felt it was a privilege and honor to be able to raise his own kids in the Jewish people’s historic homeland of Israel.
He also admitted that his family settled down in Britain because it offered them the best opportunity in life as well as religious freedom. Daniel Taub then said to the Queen he hoped to show the appreciation he had for the UK by fostering close relations between his country of birth and his newly adopted country.
Daniel Taub recalled during an interview with the Jewish Chronicle that he felt he achieved his goal of bringing the UK and Israel closer together. Many leaders and the Jewish community agreed with this view. Many guests at his farewell reception said they were sorry to see him leave and depart the UK as Israeli ambassador.
Daniel Taub could very well go down in history as being one of the most popular Israeli ambassadors to the UK. He also represented the country during a time of upheaval and war in the Middle East which is another testament to his incredible record.
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