Shimon Peres has chosen Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to form a new Israeli government, giving her 42 days to pull together a coalition. When she does, Israel will have women heading three branches of government–Livni as PM, Dalia Itzik as Knesset Speaker and Dorit Beinish president of the Supreme Court. How many modern democracies can boast the same? Clearly a comfort level with female power explains the refreshing absence of “gender” blather surrounding the appointment. Still, obvious comparisons with the last woman to hold the post are being made. But as The Age argues here the mother of two and former corporate attorney and Mossad secret agent isn’t a “second Golda.”
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