Update: Met Police Investigation of Former Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub

The Metropolitan Police are said to be investigating the involvement of at least one minor, after a complaint by a police officer who says he witnessed a trail of male adults and possible minors entering the embassy late at night. Taub claims that the accusation is vindictive and denies the presence of any children; the visits, he maintains, were “therapeutic”.

Alastair Sloan
Thursday, 04 February 2016

Daniel Taub, the former Israeli ambassador in London, has been named as the subject of an investigation into possible sexual abuse of minors and homosexual affairs that threatened Israel’s national security. The news was broken by the tenacious blogger Richard Silverstein – after Israeli newspapers only reported that a “European ambassador” was under suspicion. Silverstein has been mauled online by defenders of Taub but, as usual, is holding up well and standing by his allegation.

Following Silverstein’s scoop, the Guardian’s Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem picked up on the story, although he declined to report on the exact nature of the allegations. Haaretz and Ynet have also reported on the case, with Haaretz correspondent Amir Oren claiming that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knew about the scandal last summer.

Coming to the end of his four year term in London, the married ambassador reportedly bragged to colleagues that he expected to remain in Britain on a special one -year extension. It appears, though, that he was recalled to Tel Aviv as a direct result of these allegations.

The Israeli foreign ministry has investigated and closed the case, but it now seems to have been re-opened. The primary concern of the Israeli government is that the visitors to the embassy were not registered, and that MI5 appears to have been aware of the arrangements. Ambassadors engaging in extramarital relationships are prime targets for blackmail, which would be of great concern to the Israeli security services. Taub was also inexperienced; his appointment in 2011 was resented by the Israeli diplomatic service, which noted that someone who had never held an ambassadorial role before was getting a very important posting.

This is a controversial situation and it is important not to presume guilt ahead of innocence, but the facts raise concerns and speak to a far wider problem. It is not the first time that an Israeli ambassador has been linked to accusations of child abuse…

Scandal after scandal in both London and Washington have seen reported instances of drug smuggling, kidnapping, abuse of staff and alleged sexual assaults, all of which is quietly hushed up.

This is about people of power abusing their privilege to conduct activities that any ordinary person can clearly see are wrong.

Ambassador Taub’s current difficulties should concern us all, not just his bosses in Tel Aviv.


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Uri Geller together with the Israeli negotiation team.
From L to R Mr. Daniel Taub, (Foreign Office) Dr. Noam Yifrach, (Magen David Adom) Mr. Aharon Leshno Yaar, (Foreign Office) Ambassador Itzhak Levanon, Deputy, Mr. Tibor Shalev-Schl

Greville Janner and friend Uri Geller

Ambassador Daniel Taub promoter/supporter of Greville Janner and Alan Dershowitz

Ambassador Taub praised Greville for being a “strategic asset for the state of Israel”. Among other speakers were Mick Davis (chairman of UJIA), Gerald Ronson (founder of CST), Doug Krikler (former Chief Executive of UJIA), Jon Mendelsohn (Chairman of Kinloss), and Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner (Head of Reform Movement, and Lord Janner’s daughter). The Chief Rabbi also sent warm wishes and said that “Greville, throughout your career you have bought a light of hope to the world. We salute you. We admire you. We thank you.”

Uri Geller with Gerald Ronson (vice-pres of NSPCC)

Israel in the UK

October 18, 2012

Ambassador Daniel Taub has today honoured Lord Janner’s extraordinary and unique contribution to the State of Israel, by hosting a reception at the Residence. This event will be followed by a ceremony in Ma’alot Tarshicha on the 29th of October, at which Israel will honour Lord Janner by naming an early-stage educational centre after him.

Galilee school centre name honours Lord Janner
August 30, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, and members of the UJIA recommended the veteran Labour peer, now 84, for the honour


[Taub] has proved to be probably the most successful and popular Israeli envoy since Shlomo Argov, who was almost fatally shot (at the MI5 connected Dorchester Hotel)  in London in 1982


Daniel Taub was born and raised in the United Kingdom. He attended secondary school at the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree, Hertfordshire, and thereafter studied at University College, Oxford, University College, London and Harvard University.

Taub moved to Israel in 1989. He served as a combat medic in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and subsequently as a reserve officer in the IDF’s international law division. Soon after arriving in Israel, Taub worked as speechwriter for President Chaim Herzog. He joined the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1991.

Taub and his wife Zehava have six children, who performed a song together at a party in honour of Israel’s 64th birthday.

Taub was extensively involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, helping negotiate many of the agreements reached between the two sides, and heading the Israeli side of the Culture of Peace track of negotiations, travelling with his Palestinian counterpart to Northern Ireland to learn from the experience there He was also a member of Israel’s negotiation team in the Israel-Syrian negotiations. He headed Israel’s observer delegation to the International Court of Justice hearings on Israel’s security barrier, represented Israel before the UN investigative committee on the Gaza flotilla incident, and negotiated the entry of Israel’s Red Cross society, Magen David Adom, into the International Red Cross Movement, after 70 years of exclusion.


Israeli ambassador was repeatedly warned over London security breaches

Daniel Taub, Israel’s most recent envoy to the UK, returned to Israel after officials raised late-night visits to official home

Israel’s most recent ambassador to the United Kingdom, Daniel Taub, returned home after being repeatedly warned over security breaches at his residence in St John’s Wood in north-west London, it has emerged.

According to several sources, the breaches related to late night visits by individuals to his official home. Israeli officials raised the visits with Taub. He returned to Israel after the visits continued.

Taub, who had applied to stay in London before his departure, was identified after a flurry of speculation in the Israeli media earlier this week over the identity of a senior Israeli diplomat in Europe who had become embroiled in a recent alleged scandal.

Israel’s ministry of foreign affairs, however, strongly denied claims that appeared online on Wednesday relating to allegations of aspects of Taub’s behaviour, insisting it had determined that there had been “no criminal or disciplinary” wrongdoing.

The circumstances of Taub’s departure from London last year have emerged amid controversy over whether he should be appointed as the Israeli foreign affairs ministry’s chief legal counsel – a post for which he is regarded as the leading contender with the reported backing of Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.

“The British security services asked the ambassador to cease the practice, which was hurting their ability to safeguard him. When it happened again, though, the security services made an official request to the embassy’s security officer.

“They warned that if the violations didn’t stop, they would no longer be able to take responsibility for guarding the ambassador and his residence. The embassy’s security officer relayed a report on the subject to the Shin Bet security service and the foreign ministry in Israel.”

An expert in international law, Taub is regarded as a high flier in the Israeli diplomatic service, having served as legal adviser to Israel’s missions to the UN in New York and Geneva.


July 2015
In a hand-written note at the end of the letter, Mr Cameron thanked the ambassador for “the many kind things you have said about me…You will be greatly missed.”

Mr Taub is due to end his ambassadorship in the coming weeks before taking up a role dealing with Israel’s international legal challenges – at the International Criminal Court and at the United Nations, and opposing the boycott movement.


Israeli ambassador, Daniel Taub hosted a legal breakfast for Alan Dershowitz  Dec 2014.

Alan Dershowitz and Jeffrey Epstein

…allegations by a 30-year-old woman, named later as Virginia Roberts, that, at the age of 17, she had been forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew. The claims were made in a lawsuit against Jeffrey Epstein, one of Dershowitz’s clients.

Roberts had accused Dershowitz of sexual misconduct, too.

January 03, 2015
A report in yesterday’s Guardian focused mostly on Epstein’s friendship with Prince Andrew, who he was helping acquire slave children to have sex with. A plaintiff in a suit against Epstein says Epstein had sex with her while she was a minor for 4 years and loaned her out to rich and influential men around the world.