Former Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub is to take a break from the foreign ministry after a quarter of a century to join a leading philanthropic foundation.
The veteran diplomat’s 25 years in the ministry has included a spell as principal deputy legal advisor and playing a role in negotiations with the Palestinians and Syria. He had previously been tipped for the chief legal counsel role in the ministry after returning to Jerusalem from London last year.
But it was announced today that he will take up a role with Yad Hanadiv as director of strategy and planning. The organisation – which acts on behalf of a number of Rothschild family philanthropic trusts – currently focuses its grant making on education, academic excellence and the Arab community.
It emerged earlier this year Taub was subject to an internal ministry probe over unauthorised visitors to his residence in London , which concluded there had been no “criminal or disciplinary wrongdoing and that the issue related to a breach of security protocol”.
Congratulating him on his appointment, the Foreign Ministry said: “Daniel is an outstanding and valued diplomat and lawyer and we hope to see him playing further roles in Israeli diplomacy in the future.” The ministry said allegations made against Taub in the past had been “thoroughly investigated and dismissed”.
Yad Hanadiv’s website says it is “dedicated to creating resources for advancing Israel as a healthy, vibrant, democratic society, committed to Jewish vales and equal opportunity for the benefit of all inhabitants, carrying forward the philanthropic tradition of the Rothschild family”.