Tzippi Livni. Photo by U.S. Department of State
Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni is Israel’s only entry on Newsweek and the Daily Beast’s “150 women who shake the world” list.
“They’re starting revolutions, opening schools and fostering a brave new generation. From Detroit to Kabul these women are making their voices be heard,” the Daily Beast’s website says.
Livni was included in a similar list last year.
In the blurb describing who she is, it says: “Livni is one of the most powerful women in the country. A former lawyer known for her honesty and integrity she has been a steadfast proponent of the peace process. Livni was the chief negotiator for Israel in talks with Palestinians supporting a pullout from the Gaza Strip and a two-state solution to the conflict. She is also an active advocate for women’s and gay rights.”
“I am glad Israel is represented in this distinguished list in a positive connotation of powerful women, especially at a time when Israel is often mentioned in connection to wrongful phenomenon such as the discrimination of women. I hope that more women will become inspired to act and fight for their right to determine their future, as I plan to continue fighting for Israel’s values,” Ynet quoted Livni saying in response to her inclusion on the list.
The 150 fearless women include a mix of professions from boxers to politicians. Listed alongside Livni are the likes of singers Lady Gaga and Adele, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, as well as US war correspondent Marie Colvin who died in Syria last month.