Tzipi Hotovely is Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and a Member of the Knesset on behalf of the Likud party.
She was born in Rehovot on 2 Kislev 5739, December 2nd, 1978.
She studied at Ulpanit Tel Aviv High School, and served for two years in the Civilian National Service, as a guide at Rav Kook House in Jerusalem, and as a Jewish Agency emissary in Atlanta, U.S.A.
She completed BA and MA degrees in law, with distinction, at Bar Ilan University. She completed her internship at the firm of Att. Ram Caspi, specializing in commercial law and litigation.
Tzipi Hotovely was editor of “Bar Ilan Law Studies”, the legal journal of Bar Ilan University.
She began studying for a doctorate on the topic of “The Religious Chair in the Supreme Court” at Tel Aviv University.
During her studies, Tzipi Hotovely was active in the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS), and represented the organization at a convention held in South Africa.
In 2006, she started to appear on the current affairs show “Council of Sages”, hosted by Dan Margalit, and presented the right-wing points of view. In addition, she wrote articles for the Ma’ariv newspaper.
In 2008, she joined the Likud, at the request of Party Chairman, Binyamin Netanyahu, and set off on her political career.
Activity in the Knesset:
In the eighteenth Knesset Tzipi Hotovely served as Chairperson of the Committee on the Status of Women.
The main issues on which she concentrated during her service as head of the committee were work and family.
The first law that she passed lengthened maternity leave to six months. Furthermore, she proposed a law for free pre-school education, aimed at allowing young women, building their families, to go out to work without the financial burden associated with child care expenses. During the struggle for the law, she raised NIS 300,000,000 in additional budgets for day care, to decrease the cost of child care for many women in Israel.
In the nineteenth Knesset, Tzipi Hotovely served as Deputy Minister of Transportation and Road Safety, alongside Minister Israel Katz.
In that post she led the fight against road accidents, and she raised the awareness of the dangers of the use of mobile phones while driving, through the campaign “Words can Kill”, aimed at those using a mobile phone without a “hands off” device, while at the wheel. Additionally, she promoted a government reform intended to make punishment for drivers convicted of serious offences, more severe.
Another successful initiative, at that time, was “Coffee for a Shekel” at night time. Tzipi Hotovely instigated this initiative, in cooperation with convenience stores at gas stations, who undertook to supply coffee for one shekel, for drivers at night, to allow them to stop for a break, and to prevent the dangers involved in driving when tired.
Furthermore, she launched a campaign aimed at preventing children from being forgotten in cars, a dangerous and tragic phenomenon which has claimed the lives of dozens of children in recent years.
Activity in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
In the twentieth Knesset Tzipi Hotovely serves as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, while the post of Foreign Minister is filled by Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.
As part of her position as Deputy Foreign Minister, she promotes the rights of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel, and the legality of Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria. In addition, she is advancing Israeli sovereignty over Greater Jerusalem, as part of the “Greater Jerusalem First” program.
In her current position, she has brought changes in the Foreign Ministry cadet program, including tours of David’s City and Judea and Samaria.
Initiatives in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs produced a document explaining the legality of settlements, to Israel embassies throughout the world.
Made a tour of major campuses in U.S.A. with the objective of combatting the lies spread about Israel throughout the world.
Began the process of Israel entering the VISA WAWER program, for Israelis visiting U.S.A.
Fighting against anti-Israel organizations that slander Israel’s good name all over the world.
Tzipi Hotovely is married to Or and has two daughters.