Daniel Taub, an Israel’s ambassador to Britain, visited Bradford despite controversial comments by George Galloway, a Bradford West MP. In his past speeches, Galloway declared Bradford an Israel-free zone. According to the legislature, anything related to Israelis—from goods and services to academics coming to local universities and tourists—was not welcome in the constituency. Read more: In conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
This was not the first time that this Bradford legislature aired such disturbing anti-Israeli bigotry. In a past interview, he’s recorded to have stormed out of a political debate after realizing that his opponent was an Israeli stating that he doesn’t debate with Israelis. He has also claimed in the past that Israelis were responsible for the unrest in Ukraine and issuance of chemical weapons to various terrorist groups, including the Al-Qaeda group.
Despite all these demeaning comments, Daniel Taub was not moved and stated that his visit to the city was as a result of special invitation by the community and would take the opportunity to hold a series of resourceful meetings with local faith leaders, councilors, and other groups. Taub believed that the real voice of the city is inclusion and not exclusion as Galloway portrayed it.
Daniel went ahead to remind Galloway that the conflict that Israel is grappling with is not a conflict between left and right but rather between the past and future. Accordingly, he advised the legislature to stay away from a few people who seemed to be working day and night to draw the region into the past and encouraged him to join them in a bid to make a prosperous future for everybody in the region.
About Daniel Taub
Daniel Taub is an Israeli diplomat, a writer, and an international lawyer. He served as an ambassador to the UK between 2011 and 2015. He is the current strategy and planning director at the celebrated Jerusalem based Yad Hanadiv Foundation.
Born and raised in the UK, Taub attended Elstree’s Haberdashers’ Aske Boys School and thereafter studies at London University College, Harvard University, and Oxford University. He moved to Israel in 1989 and worked with the Israel Defense Forces (as a combat medic) and as a reserve officer (International Law Division).
He also worked as a speechwriter to Chaim Herzog, Israelis president. He also served as a legal advisor to a number of Israeli’s missions to the UN in Geneva and New York and represented Israel in a wide range of multilateral fora.