Tzipi Livni

Tzipora Malka "Tzipi" Livni (Hebrew: ציפורה מלכה "ציפי" לבני‎, born 8 July, 1958) is an Israeli politician and the current leader of Kadima, the largest party in the Knesset. She currently serves as the country's Opposition Leader. Born in Tel Aviv, Livni is the daughter of Eitan Livni (born in Poland) and Sara Rosenberg, both prominent former Irgun members. Her father served as the chief operations officer of the Irgun and later, 1974-1984, a Likud member of the Knesset. Tzipi Livni served as a lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces. 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 in August 1983 to marry and finish her law studies. A graduate of Bar Ilan University's Faculty of Law, she has practiced public and commercial law for 10 years. Livni resides in Tel Aviv; she is married to advertising executive Naftali Spitzer and has two children, Omri and Yuval. Livni has been a vegetarian since the age of 12. Besides her native tongue, Hebrew, Livni also speaks English and French. Livni entered politics in 1996 when she tried to
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