Tzipi Livni Fast Facts – CNN

Father: Eitan Livni, businessman and politician

Mother: Sarah (Rosenberg) Livni

Wedding: Naftali Spizzer (1984-present)

Children: Omri and Yuval

Education: Bar-Ilan University, BA, 1985

Military service: Israel Defense Forces, early 1980s

Other facts

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

Nicknamed “Mrs. Purity” for her reputation for incorruptibility.

Protégé of the former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Former member of the Likud party.

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


1980- Livni joins the Israeli intelligence service Mossad and works in Paris.

1984- Enters the Faculty of Law in Israel.

1986-1996 – Practicing law, specializing in commercial, constitutional and real estate law.

1996- Loses his first campaign for a seat in the Knesset (Israeli parliament).

1996-1999 – Director General of the Department of State Companies.

1999- Elected to the Knesset. She is a member of the Committee on the Constitution, Law and Justice and the Committee on the Status of Women.

2001- Appointed by the minister.

2005- Livni joins Kadima, a political party created by Sharon.

May 2006 – Appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister.

November 2006 – February 2007 – He holds the post of Minister of Justice.

2007- Named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

September 18, 2008 – Elected leader of the Kadima party, replacing Ehud Olmert.
February 2009 – Livni’s Kadima party won 28 seats in the Israeli parliamentary elections. However, Livni is unable to form a coalition government. President Shimon Peres asks Benjamin Netanyahu form a government, causing Livni to lose her post as prime minister.

March 2009 – Becomes leader of the opposition in parliament.

May 2011 – Livni is calling on Prime Minister Netanyahu to step down, saying he has damaged important relations between Israel and the United States.

March 28, 2012 – Loses the fight to remain head of Kadima. She is defeated by former Israel Defense Forces commander Shaul Mofaz, who won 62% of the vote against Livni’s 38%.

June 14, 2012 After claims that the Kadima party will not exist in the next Knesset elections, a petition is being circulated demanding Livni’s expulsion from the party.

June 20, 2012 – Joins Desert Queens, an Israeli women’s adventure competition in India.

November 27, 2012 – Forms the Khatnua party. Hatnua means “movement” in Hebrew.

February 19, 2013 – Livni Khatnua’s party joins Netanyahu-Livni coalition government holds the position of Minister of Justice.

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

July 29, 2013 – April 25, 2014 – Israel’s chief negotiator during peace talks with Palestinians organized US Secretary of State John Kerry.

December 10, 2014 – Declares to run for Prime Minister along with Isaac Herzog on the list of the Zionist Union.

March 18, 2015 – Duke and Livni give up the election.

June 25, 2018 – The Duke, newly appointed chairman of the Jewish Agency, told Israel Radio that he wants Livni to take over his parliamentary role as leader of the opposition to the Knesset. At a later meeting of the faction in the Knesset, Livni said that she should be the one to replace Duke: “I believe opposition leadership is necessary to continue the partnership.”

August 1, 2018 – January 2019 – Serves as Leader of the Opposition in Parliament while Avi Gabbai, head of the Labor Party, announces the end of their partnership.

February 18, 2019 – Announces that he is leaving politics.