Three years ago, Daniel Taub, who was the Israeli ambassador to Great Britain, visited the city of Bradford, after receiving an invitation from community leaders there. This was shortly after comments made by George Galloway, the Bradford West MP, who said that the city should stop receiving services from Israel, in effect becoming an “Israel Free Zone”.
During his visit, Mr. Taub met with representatives from the media and several other groups to discuss the impact Galloway’s statement had made.
In a speech that had been posted on social media, Galloway called Israel a “savage state” and said that services, tourists,and academics were not welcome in Bradford. Mr. Taub stated that he could not find any attitudes in the city that lined up with what Galloway was proposing and that Israel and Bradford have always had a positive dialogue with each other. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://soundcloud.com/danieltaub and http://www.parashadiplomatit.com/
In the past, Galloway had made public statements against Israel, even accusing them of supplying Al-Qaeda with chemical weapons and of inciting strife in the Ukraine. Although his comments were recorded by the media, he later denied making them.
In his talks with the media, Mr. Taub expressed his belief that Mr. Galloway did not speak for the city of Bradford. Instead, the city presents a positive image of people of different beliefs working together.
Daniel Taub began his diplomatic career in 1991 and served as the Israeli Ambassador to Great Britain until 2015. He moved to Israel in the late 1980’s; before that he was a native of Britain and received his initial education at University College in Oxford, University College in London, and Harvard University. Mr. Taub is a lawyer who specializes in international law, with an emphasis on terrorism.
He has developed a reputation as a lecturer and public speaker who laces his talks with humor, and has done interviews on CNN, BBC Radio, and Sky News. Both the Church of England Synod, and Westminster Abbey invited him to teach classes in Hebrew and Bible studies.
The Israeli drama series, “HeChatzer” was created by Mr. Taub, who is also the chief scriptwriter. At the present time, he works in Jerusalem with the Yad Hanadiv Foundation as the Director of Planning and Strategy.