Monday night, September 14th, 2009, the Young Professionals of The American Friends of the Citizens’ Empowerment Center in Israel (CECI) hosted a Beverly Hills event in honor of MK Tzipi Livini, Head of the Opposition Party in Israel’s Parliament – Knesset.
More than 200 professionals from various fields, including members from the entertainment industry attended, eager to meet MK Livni and hear her personal accounts and opinions about Israel and the future of its government.
“I don’t believe in a new Middle East. It’s not going to happen tomorrow. But I think, step by step, day by day, we can come up with the reconciliation (with the Arabs) that is needed,” MK Livni said.
MK Livni, who received a standing ovation, stressed the importance of establishing a stable government in Israel and working arduously on negotiations with the other side.
Sunday night, September 13th, 2009, CECI held another exclusive dinner at the Beverly Hills residence of Pouran and Parviz Nazarian. In attendance were leaders of the Jewish community, government officials, prominent rabbis, members of the entertainment community, and the press.
MK Livni, Head of the Kadima Political Party – the largest party in the Knesset, spoke on the necessity of reform for the structure of Israeli government and its electoral system. A long-time nationalist, she addressed the crowd about her vision on the future of Israel and its relationship with its neighbors in the Middle East, what she called a “tough neighborhood.”
MK Livni, 51, was born and raised in Tel Aviv by parents of Polish decent. MK Livni comes from a family of Nationalists. Both her parents served in Israel’s Irgun, shortened for Ha’Irgun HaTzva’i HaLe’umi BeEretz Yisra’el, or National Military Organization in the Land of Israel,” a Zionist group that operated between 1931 and 1948 to establish the State of Israel. MK Tzipi Livni served as a lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and later left the IDF to continue her studies in law. MK Tzipi Livni is an attorney by profession; she has been married for 26 years and has 2 sons.