Tzipi Livni is no ordinary politician. A former agent of Israel's National Intelligence Agency, Mossad, she entered parliament less than a decade ago. Her reputation as 'Ms Clean' is a big plus for her campaign in a country where in recent years senior politicians have been tainted with corruption and scandal.
Lucy Ash considers her extraordinary political journey and what drove her to became the most powerful woman in Israeli politics.
BBC Radio 4's Profile of Tzipi Livni was first broadcast on Saturday 9 August 2008.
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