Here is a look at the life of Tzipi Livni, former foreign minister of Israel and current justice minister.
Personal: Birth date: July 8, 1958
Birth place: Tel Aviv, Israel
Birth name: Tziporah Malka Livni
Father: Eitan Livni, businessman and politician
Mother: Sarah (Rosenberg) Livni
Marriage: Naftali Shpitzer (1984-present)
Children: Omri and Yuval (both male)
Education: Bar-Ilan University, L.L.B., 1985
Military service: Israeli Defense Forces, early 1980s
Other Facts: Livni's parents were fighters in the Irgun Zvai Leumi, a right-wing Zionist guerilla group that fought against the British occupation of Palestine in the 1940s.
Nicknamed "Mrs. Clean" for her reputation as being uncorrupt.
Protégé of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
Former member of the Likud Party.
Second female foreign minister of Israel. Golda Meir was the first (1956-1966).
Timeline: 1980 - Livni joins the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and is posted in Paris.
1984 - Begins law school in Israel.
1986-1996 - Practices law, specializing in the areas of commercial, constitutional and real estate law.
1996 - Loses her first campaign for a seat in the Knesset (Israeli parliament).
1996-1999 - Director general of the Government Companies Authority.
1999 - Elected to the Knesset. Serves on the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee and the Committee on the Status of Women.
2001 - Is appointed minister of regional cooperation and agriculture.
2003 - Is appointed minister of immigrant absorption, housing and construction and justice and foreign affairs.
2005 - Livni joins the Kadima, a political party created by Ariel Sharon.