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Tzipi Livni - Facts and Bio

Tzipi Livni (Photo: Amit Shabi)

Tzipora (Tzipi) Livni (born July. 1958) is a senior Israeli politician. Since her election to the Knesset as a member of the Likud party in 1999, she has served in numerous government positions. Among others, she was minister of regional cooperation, minister of agriculture, and minister of immigration. She has served as Israel's minister of justice since 10th January, 2005. Highly-rated by both right and left-wing Israelis, Livni received the "Quality of Governance" award for 2004.

Livni was born in Tel Aviv. She is the daughter of Eitan Livni , a Polish-born former ETZEL member and himself a Likud member of parliament. She served as a Lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces and worked for the Mossad for four years during the early 1980s. A graduate of Bar Ilan University's Faculty of Law, she has years of experience as a lawyer, specializing in public and commercial law.

Livni was an avid supporter of Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan and was generally considered to be among the key dovish members of the Likud party. She often mediated between hawkish and dovish elements inside the party, and gained publicity for her successful efforts to have the pullout from Gaza ratified by the Knesset.

On November 12. 2005, she became the first member of the Israeli right-wing to speak in the official yearly commemoration of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination. Eight days later, Livni joined Sharon in his departure from the Likud and joined his new party, Kadima . She is expected to have a prominent place in this new list. She is a popular politician in Israel and received the "Abirat Hashilton" prize for honest politicians with a commitment to justice.

Since Sharon's medical problems beginning 6 weeks later, some speculate that Livni could succeed next him as head of Kadima if he is unable to continue, though the sufficiency of her experience for the position of Prime Minister is in question.

On 12 January 2006, following the decision that Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom would resign his position ahead the 28 March elections, the press reported that Livni would be appointed to fill that position.

Livni resides in Tel Aviv. She is married and has two children.

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