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Who is Israel's Tizipi Livini?

Tizipi Livini: Israel's Would-Be Woman PM, Ex-Terrorist Hunter

Israel's Foreign Minister Tizipi Livini, 49, is on track to be the country's prime minster, according to polls that have her ahead by 20 points in the race to lead the Kadima party. Today, 70,000 party members will vote.

Current Prime Minster Ehud Olmert has promised to resign, after the election, thanks to accusations that he accepted American businessmen-bribes. When he does, the new Kadima leader (probably Livini) will then form a government and become Prime Minister. There are a few other options though for Israel's transfer of power. If the new party leader failed to form a coalition government, Olmert would stay as interim PM, and national elections would be held months later. If he ditched the position all together, Livini, already next in line as first deputy, would become premier regardless of whether she wins today.

So who is this would-be leader? To find out,


During the 1980s she orchestrated missions to kill Palestinian terrorists in Europe, while she worked as an Israeli spy. She joined Israeli intelligence after time in the army, and a year of law school, which she went on to complete after her spy-time. Livini also has a husband and two kids.

Do you think she's the right woman at the right time for Israel and the rest of the world?


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