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Israeli lawyer and politician

  • Tzipi Livni's full name is Tziporah Malkah "Tzipi" Livni.
  • She was born on July 8, 1958.
  • Tzipi Livni is an Israeli lawyer and politician.
  • She was the Israeli Opposition Leader from 2009 to 2012.
  • She is the leader of Kadima, the largest party in the Knesset.
  • She is known to be a honest politician who sticks to her principles.
  • She is the first woman to be leader of the opposition in Israel.
  • In 2011 Livni was named one of "150 Women Who Shake the World" by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
  • Her father served as the chief operations officer of the Irgun.
  • She served as a lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
  • She is a graduate of Bar-Ilan University's Faculty of Law, she has practiced public and commercial law for 10 years.
  • Besides her native language, Hebrew, she also speaks English and French (having lived in Paris for a number of years).
  • She entered politics in 1996 when she tried unsuccessfully to win a spot on Likud's list to the Knesset.
  • She was first elected to the Knesset as a member of the Likud party in 1999.
  • In 2001, she was appointed Minister of Regional Co-operation, and thereafter held various Cabinet positions including Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Minister of Immigrant Absorption and Minister of Housing and Construction.
  • On November 20, 2005, she followed Sharon and Ehud Olmert into the new Kadima Party.
  • In May 2006, she became Vice (or Deputy) Prime Minister and retained the position of Foreign Minister. She ceased serving as Justice Minister at that time, but again held that position from 29 November 2006 to 7 February 2007, while still serving in her primary role of Foreign Minister.
  • In 2008, Livni condemned a photomontage of Pope Benedict XVI with a swastika displayed on his chest, which was published on a website run by supporters of her Kadima party.
  • In May 2012 Livni resigned from the Knesset.

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