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Tzipi Livni, LLB Biography

Title:
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Acting Prime Minister of Israel
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“I am proud at where Israel is today. I am sorry that the Arab world rejected the principle of partition in the past, and I hope and pray that today there is an understanding that instead of fighting, the right thing to do is to build a shared future in two separate states: one – the State of Israel, which was established as a Jewish state, a national home for the Jewish people; and the other – Palestine – which will be established to give a full and complete solution to Palestinians wherever they may be. Those who are in Gaza and the West Bank, and those in the refugee camps in other Arab countries with temporary status, waiting for a sense of belonging to a national state – the same feeling of wholeness that the establishment of the State of Israel gave to the Jewish refugees who were forced to leave Arab countries and Europe and became partners in building Israel.

I believe that the solution of two nation states serves the interests of both sides. Not every celebration of ours is cause for sorrow on the other side, and vice versa. I say to my Palestinian colleagues: Do not bemoan the establishment of the State of Israel; establish your own state, rejoice in its establishment and we will rejoice with you, since for us the establishment of the Palestinian state is not our Nakba, or disaster – provided that upon its establishment the word “Nakba” be deleted from the Arabic lexicon in referring to Israel.

Knowing that the conflict has a solution is not enough. Reaching the solution depends first of all upon us – on the two sides themselves and their ability to conduct negotiations, to touch on the most sensitive points and to provide answers based on the understanding that neither side can obtain everything it wants and that compromises are necessary on both sides.

The solution also depends on the ability of the leaders to cope with extremists and terrorism, and we are not speaking here only of the leaders of the sides directly involved in the conflict. This is the central task of the entire world leadership, and especially of the Arab and Muslim world.”

“Address by FM Livni to the Annapolis Conference,” Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, Nov. 27, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Acting Prime Minister, State of Israel, 2008-present
  • Co-founder and Chairman, Kadima Party, 2008-present
  • Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel, 2006-present
  • Member, Knesset, State of Israel, 1999-present
  • Minister of Justice, State of Israel, 2005, 2006-2007
  • Minister of Immigrant Absorption, State of Israel, 2003-2006
  • Acting Minister of Justice, State of Israel, 2004-2005
  • Minister of Housing and Construction, State of Israel, 2004-2005
  • Acting Minister of Housing and Construction, State of Israel, 2004
  • Recipient, Champion of Good Government Award, Knesset, 2004
  • Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, State of Israel, 2002-2004
  • Member, Constitution Law and Justice Committee, Knesset, 1999-2003
  • Member, Committee on the Status of Women, Knesset, 1999-2003
  • Minister Without Portfolio, State of Israel, 2001-2002
  • Minister of Regional Cooperation, State of Israel, 1999-2001
  • Director General, Government Companies Authority, 1996-1999
  • Lawyer, commercial law, constitutional law and real estate law, 1985-1995
  • Agent, Mossad (intelligence office of the State of Israel), 1980-1984
  • Lieutenant, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)
  • Former member, Likud Party
Education:
  • LLB, Bar Ilan University
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?