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Israeli Ambassador addresses JPR

Israeli Ambassador addresses JPR

Daniel Taub, Israel's Ambassador to the UK since September 2011, delivered JPR's 2013 Morris and Manja Leigh Memorial Lecture, looking at British attitudes to Jews and Israel through a literary lens.

With over two decades of experience in Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taub has played a key role in a wide range of diplomatic, legal and political arenas. As senior Legal Adviser of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he represented Israel in many multilateral fora, including the hearings over Israel's security fence at the International Court of Justice and the negotiations for the entry of Magen David Adom into the Red Cross Movement. He also represented Israel as a negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and in the Israel-Syrian negotiations.

Ambassador Taub holds degrees from the universities of Oxford, London and Harvard. At Oxford, where he studied English literature, he won the Eugene Lee Hamiton Oxford and Cambridge poetry competition. His love of English literature shone through in what was a truly unique talk for an Israeli Ambassador to give, in which he explored the changing British relationship with Israel with reference to a wide range of novels and plays. He suggested that the ties have shifted over time from romanticism, through rebellion, to confusion.  He took the audience with him on an extraordinary journey through a wide range of literary texts and characters, stressing both the simplicity and complexity of the Israel-Diaspora relationship.

The JPR team will be working with Daniel Taub to produce a manuscript of his talk as soon as possible, but in the meantime, you may wish to sample his reading list, which included:

  • John Buchan: The 39 Steps
  • George Eliot: Daniel Deronda
  • Linda Grant: When I Lived in Modern Times
  • Linda Grant: The People on the Street
  • Howard Jacobson: The Finkler Question
  • Howard Jacobson: Roots Schmoots
  • James Joyce: Ulysses
  • Paul Kember: Not Quite Jerusalem
  • John Le Carre: The Little Drummer Girl
  • Jonathan Nichols: Kibbutz Virgin
  • Frederic Raphael: The Glittering Prizes
  • Bernice Rubens: The Sergeants' Tale
  • Clive Sinclair: Zion Down Under
  • The lecture was sponsored by Lord Leigh of Hurley, who chaired the event, and was hosted by Berwin Leighton Paisner.

    Israeli Ambassador addresses JPR - 14 Nov 2013