On 24th of November 2013, the Geneva interim agreement between Iran and the P5+1 countries was signed. The long-awaited pact was aimed at controlling Iran’s nuclear program in order to achieve peaceful nuclear activity in accordance with IAEA regulations.
With over 20 years of experience in diplomacy and international law, Daniel Taub served as Israel’s ambassador to the UK from 2011-2015. While speaking to The Independent, he argued that the pact had not deterred Iran’s nuclear aspirations which posed a great threat to the surrounding countries.
In an effort to mitigate this problem, Mr. Taub lobbied Sunni countries in the Middle East to cooperate with Israel and form partnerships. He further encouraged the concerned countries to put aside their differences and concentrate their efforts in building alliances that will develop prosperity.
One such partnership was between Iran and the UK. Foreign Secretary William Hague presided over the agreement that saw the ease of economic sanctions on Iran in return for assurance over uranium enrichment. The initial deal was valid for six months before embarking on a more permanent agreement.
Despite this, many Israel residents including Naftali Bennett still insisted that much more work had to be done to ensure Iran is completely stopped from making rogue nuclear weapons. Former President Barack Obama shared these sentiments. He added that for the agreement to pan out, Iran had to comply with all the terms.
Mr. Taub currently works at the Yad Hanadiv foundation as the director of strategy and planning. The British native attended many reputable schools in the United Kingdom including Harvard University before moving to Israel in 1989.
While in Israel Taub worked as a combat medic in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as well as the then President Chaim Herzog’s speechwriter. During his ambassadorial tenure, the UK-Israel bilateral trade rose to $8 billion. This prompted his nomination for the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award.
His diplomatic career is decorated by many top-notch positions. With his specialization in legal work, Daniel Taub has provided legal counsel to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel. He has also represented Israel in many international negotiations including the integration of the Red Cross National Society.
He is also an author and a scriptwriter. Daniel Taub credits his productivity as a diplomat to his habit of curiosity. In his books, he encourages people to foster good relationships with their peers and be accommodate new ideas that will broaden their vision.