Hebrew: tzipora malka livni (nickname:) tzipi
(1958-) Israeli politician, leader of the Kadima party. She is considered the most likely next prime minister of Israel, awaiting general elections early 2009.
In the central issue of the Palestinian question, she has promoted herself as relatively moderate, gaining much attention by accepting the legitimacy of Palestinian fighting against Israeli military; making a distinction to attacks on civilians, which she considers terrorism. In the role as Vice Prime Minister she has conducted meetings with the Palestinian Prime Minister (West Bank), Salam Fayyad.
Before joining politics, Livni has been working as a lawyer. She is reported to be a vegetarian. In addition to Hebrew, she speaks English and French.
1958 July 5: Born in Tel Aviv, into an influential family with Irgun background.
1981: Begins service for Mossad as lieutenant. Rumours that she was as a terrorist hunter have been contradicted by recent information.
1983 August: Resigns from Mossad when marrying. She also returns to university to finish her law studies.
1999 June 7: Elected to the Knesset, representing Likud.
2001 July: Appointed Minister of Regional Cooperation to Ariel Sharon's government. She would pass through 3 other ministerial posts in the following three years: Agriculture and Rural Development, Immigrant Absorption, Housing and Construction.
2003 February 17: Reelected to the Knesset.
2005 October 1: Appointed Minister of Justice; this being a position she had informally acted in for several months already.
November 20: Joins the new Kadima party together with Sharon and Ehud Olmert.
2006 January 16: Steps up to lead the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, although without formally acting as minister.
April 17: Reelected to the Knesset, now for Kadima.
May 4: Appointed Vice Prime Minister, co-acting as Foreign Minister.
2008 September 17: Elected leader of the Kadima party, marginally defeating Shaul Mofaz, placing her in the position of forming Israel's next government.