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 former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni

Tziporah Malkah "Tzipi" Livni, born 8 July 1958, is an Israeli lawyer and politician. She was the Israeli Opposition Leader from 2009 to 2012 and leader of Kadima, the largest party in the Knesset. Raised an ardent nationalist, Livni has become one of her nation's leading voices for the two-state solution. In Israel she has earned a reputation as an 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.


Tzipi Livni served as a lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). According to an interview in Yediot Aharonot, described in The Sunday Times, she served in the elite Mossad unit responsible for Operation Wrath of God (also known as Bayonet) in the 1980s. She resigned from the IDF in August 1983 to marry and finish her law studies.


In December 2009, a warrant for Livni's arrest was understood to have been issued by a London court at the weekend, following an application by lawyers acting for some of the Palestinian victims of Operation Cast Lead, focused on Livni's role in Israel's war against Hamas-run Gaza at the turn of the year. It was withdrawn after she cancelled her visit. For several years, Palestinian activists have made largely unsuccessful attempts to prosecute Israeli officials in European courts under the universal jurisdiction system. The warrant was issued on 12 December and revoked on 14 December 2009, after it was revealed that Livni had not entered British territory. Israeli government experts on international law have advised cabinet ministers with a security background and senior IDF officers not to visit Britain, Spain, Belgium or Norway, because in these countries they risk being arrested on charges of alleged war crimes through “universal jurisdiction” laws. The warrant was later denounced as "cynical" by the Israeli foreign ministry.

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Aryeh recently hosted the center-left party chairwoman Tzipi Livni, Jerusalem's right-wing mayor Nir Barkat, and now Justice Joubran from the left and Bennett on the far right. From outside the government, we have hosted Lucy Aharish, the first Arab primetime news anchor on Hebrew-language Israeli ...

The only woman who came close to becoming prime minister was Tzipi Livni in the 2009 election. As head of Kadima, she ran against Ehud Barak (Labor) and Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud). One thing that will always be remembered from that campaign was Barak's dismissive and misogynistic attack on ...
Jewish leaders in Israel and Russia have condemned in the strongest possible words Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's claim that Jews were also 'perpetrators' of the Holocaust. Speaking to Russian media, Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni and Moscow Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt said ...
Zionist Union lawmaker Tzipi Livni, who is also attending the Munich conference, responded to Moraweicki's statement by saying, "It is hard to believe the Polish prime minister's answer, and his intolerable comparison between the Polish and the Jews, between the victims and those who actively took part in ...
When Amir Peretz was elected to lead the Labor Party, many of its Ashkenazi voters thronged to Kadima. Then, when Shaul Mofaz replaced Tzipi Livni as Kadima leader, they jumped ship and climbed aboard other vessels, some in Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid. Meretz's MKs throughout the years have almost ...


 

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