As the British Government marked the Balfour Declaration, Ambassador Daniel Taub gave the 2017 Isaiah Berlin Lecture on the lessons learned from the declaration. Daniel Taub was expressing his support for the reestablishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
Taub delivered a wide-ranging lecture full of a wide range of diplomatic and literary sources in front of a packed auditorium among them Lord Balfour who is the great, great nephew of Arthur Balfour.
Daniel Taub described the redemptive atmosphere in the Palestine at the time of declaration referring to the documents in Israel’s national library. The records include the date of declaration and the song to mark the occasion known as Hava Nagila.
As the current Director of Strategy for r the Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild) Foundation, Ambassador Taub shared some behind the scenes insights into the background of the Declaration.
He was given access to the Rothschild archives, and that was where he got the insights. Daniel Taub also focused on some unusual characters who were involved in the declaration. One of them according to Taub was Walter, the second Lord Rothschild. Learn more about Daniel Taub: http://frenchtribune.com/avis/25611-ambassador-daniel-taub-unravels-balfour-declaration
Taub described Walter as an extraordinary eccentric but a brilliant scientist. Daniel Taub also quoted the romantic correspondence between James de Rothschild and his wife Dorothy during the lecture.
Taub noted that Dorothy’s diplomatic act to introduce Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann to British circles while still, a teenager proved that even eccentric zoologists and teenage girls found a role to play in the story of Israel.
Daniel also added that Chaim Weizmann’s chemical discoveries played a role in the progress of the state of Israel. Ambassador Taub pointed out the most significant lesson from the declaration. It was that the history was not carved into stone but remained open to everyone to influence and shape it.
Daniel Taub was born in Great Britain in 1962 and attended Oxford College, London University College, and Harvard University.
In 1989, Daniel Taub moved to Israel and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat medic. Daniel Taub worked in the Israel’s Foreign Ministry from 1991 and moved to the United Kingdom as the Israeli Ambassador.
One of the greatest achievements of the diplomat is that he successfully managed to highlight the issues that affect the Middle East region to the world. He used his time in London to make the world know what Israel stood for.