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Tzipi Livni Fast Facts – CNN

Father: Eitan Livni, businessman and politician

Mom: Sarah (Rosenberg) Livni

Marriage: Naftali Shpitzer (1984 to present)

Children: Omri and Yuval

Education: Bar-Ilan University, LLB, 1985

Military service: Israel Defense Forces, early 1980s

other facts

Livni’s parents were fighters in the Irgun Zvai Leumi, a right-wing Zionist guerrilla group that fought against the British occupation of Palestine in the 1940s.

Nicknamed “Miss Clean” because of her reputation as pristine.

Under the auspices of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Former member of Likud Party.

Israel’s second female foreign minister. Golda Meir was the first (1956-1966).


1980 – Livni joined the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and was stationed in Paris.

1984 – He starts law school in Israel.

1986-1996 – He specializes in commercial law, constitutional law and real estate law.

1996 – He loses his first campaign for a seat in the Knesset (Israeli parliament).

1996-1999 – General Manager of the State Corporations Corporation.

1999 – He was elected to the Knesset. She serves on the Constitution, Law and Justice Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women.

2001 – He is appointed as a minister.

2005 – Livni joins Kadima, a political party founded by Sharon.

May 2006 – He is appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister.

November 2006-February 2007 – He serves as the Minister of Justice.

2007 – He was named one of Time magazine’s Most Influential People in the World.

September 18, 2008 – He was elected leader of the Kadima party, replacing Ehud Olmert.
February 2009 – In the parliamentary elections held in Israel, Kadima party led by Livni won 28 seats. However, Livni cannot form a coalition government. President Shimon Peres asks Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government, causing Livni to lose the prime ministership.

March 2009 – He becomes the leader of the opposition in the parliament.

May 2011 – Livni urged Prime Minister Netanyahu to resign, saying it has damaged important relations between Israel and the United States.

March 28, 2012 – He loses the battle to remain head of Kadima. He was defeated by former Israel Defense Forces Commander Shaul Mofaz, who received 62% of the vote and 38% of Livni.

May 1, 2012 – Livni resigned from the Knesset.

June 14, 2012 After the announcements that the Kadima party will not be in the next Knesset elections, a petition is circulating demanding that Livni be removed from the party.

20 June 2012 – She participated in Desert Queens, an all-female adventure competition from Israel in India.

27 November 2012 – Creates the Hatnua party. Hatnua means “movement” in Hebrew.

February 19, 2013 – Livni’s Hatnua party joined Netanyahu’s coalition government, and Livni assumed the role of justice minister.

May 2013 – Livni was re-elected to the Knesset.

29 July 2013-25 April 2014 – Israel’s chief negotiator during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace talks with the Palestinians.
December 2, 2014 – Netanyahu orders an impeachment letter for Livni and calls for the dissolution of the nation’s legislature.

10 December 2014 – He announced on the Zionist Union ticket that he was running for the post of prime minister alongside Isaac Herzog.

March 18, 2015 – Herzog and Livni accept the choice.

25 June 2018 – Herzog, the new head of the Jewish Agency, told Israel Radio that he wanted Livni to assume the parliamentary role of the Knesset as leader of the opposition. At a later Knesset faction meeting, Livni said he should replace Herzog: “I see opposition leadership as necessary for the continuation of partnership.”

1 August 2018-January 2019 – Labor leader Avi Gabbay serves as opposition leader in parliament until announcing the end of their partnership.

February 18, 2019 – He announced his retirement from politics.

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