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Tzipi Livni Speaks in Crown-Belfer Middle East Seminar Series

Event Report

October 8, 2010

Author: Noelle Janka, Former Program Coordinator, Middle East Initiative

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Middle East Initiative


Israeli Opposition Leader and former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni spoke at the second event in the Crown-Belfer Seminar Series on October 5.

The leader of Kadima, the largest party in the Knesset, Livni discussed the current political map in Israel and the challenges of working with a Prime Minister of an opposing party, Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud Party.  She also addressed assertions that she may be the next Israeli Prime Minister and discussed why she originally entered politics.

Despite a great distaste for the political process, Livni left her work in law in 1995 to run for Knesset so she could work to end the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. She is now Israel's leading voice for the two-state solution and maintains a view that peace is possible, despite the complicated political environment. Livni emphasized in her speech that the status quo is not an option and that she will continue to fight stagnation in the peace process. The dialogue, she said, needs to be changed so the peace process is discussed in terms of "agreements" and "treaties" rather than "negotiations."

The breakfast event was held at the Harvard Faculty Club and was moderated by Graham Allison, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and series co-chair Shai Feldman, director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis. More than 30 Boston-based scholars and journalists working on issues in the Middle East region attended.


For more information about this publication please contact the Middle East Initiative at (617) 495-4087.

For Academic Citation:

Janka, Noelle. "Tzipi Livni Speaks in Crown-Belfer Middle East Seminar Series." October 8, 2010.

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