Member of the Knesset, Chairperson of the Hatnua Party and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Israel
Tzipi Livni is one of Israel’s most distinguished representatives on the world stage, having served as foreign minister and as lead negotiator in the peace process, and is one of Israel’s most experience political leaders in both domestic and foreign policy.
In May 2006 Tzipi Livni was appointed vice-prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, serving until March 2009. With the establishment of the Netanyahu government in 2009, Livni became the head of the opposition, until her resignation from the Knesset in May 2012. Livni was re-elected to the Knesset in January 2013 as chair of the Hatnua party, which she founded, and served as minister of justice and minister responsible for negotiations with the Palestinians. This cemented her status as one of Israel’s most respected representatives on the world stage.
Livni was first elected to the Knesset in 1999 as a member of Likud. She ran ministries for Regional Cooperation, Agriculture, Immigrant Absorption, and Housing and Construction before leaving the Likud to join Ariel Sharon in founding the Kadima party in 2005. She was elected chair of Kadima in September 2008 and led the party in the 2009 election to be the biggest party in the Knesset.
Tzipi Livni was born in 1958. She is the daughter of Irgun veterans and her father served as a Knesset Member for Likud. Livni served as an officer in the IDF, and later in the Mossad. A lawyer by profession, Livni received her law degree from Bar-Ilan University, and practiced law for ten years before entering public life. Prior to entering the Knesset, Livni served as director general of the Government Companies Authority.
She is married with two children.