Daniel Taub Argues Against Geneva Nuclear Deal with Iran, Calls for Middle Eastern Alliances

Daniel Taub, the international lawyer and diplomat who served as Israel’s ambassador to the UK from 2011 to 2015, spoke out about the nuclear threat from Iran in late 2013 after the UN agreed to a nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva.

Taub speaking on behalf of the nation of Israel, argued that the Geneva deal was insufficient to contain the threat from Iran, and that it would do nothing to halt the country’s progress towards building nuclear weapons. In an interview with the Independent, Mr. Taub also asserted that Israel would consider forging alliances with other Middle Eastern nations that have traditionally been enemies of Israel. Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia and Daniel Taub | Crunchbase

Specifically, he mentioned forming alliances with Sunni Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia to counter Iran-sponsored Shia alliances in the region.

Though Israel has been a long-standing enemy of Saudi Arabia and the Middle Eastern Gulf states, Mr. Taub believes that the Israelis aren’t the only ones worried about the threat that a nuclear-equipped Iran would pose.

Because a nuclear Iran would be a serious concern to any Middle Eastern nations not allied with Iran, including the predominantly Sunni nations, Mr. Taub argued that partnerships that would once have been deemed impossible might be reconsidered in the wake of the Geneva deal, which many nations believe is insufficient to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Daniel Taub also mentioned that Israel could partner with long-time Western Allies that are concerned about Iran, particularly the United States. Shortly after the Geneva deal was signed, Israeli national security officials met with American officials in Washington, D.C. to discuss the Iran threat and the specifics of the Geneva deal.

Daniel Taub was born in the U.K. in 1962, and he studied at Oxford and Harvard before moving to Israel in 1989. He briefly served in Israel’s military as a medical officer, then joined the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1991 and began his diplomatic career. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://www.jnf.co.uk/2015/07/jnf-uk-bids-farewell-ambassador-daniel-taub/ and http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/the-aliyah-100-list/

He was a negotiator during Israel-Palestine peace talks as well as Israel-Syria negotiations, and he became the ambassador to the U.K. in 2011. Mr. Taub retired from the post in 2015, and he is currently the Director of Strategy and Planning at the Yad Hanadiv Foundation, located in Jerusalem.

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