A former foreign minister, minister of justice, once leader of the defunct Kadima party, and until recently, leader of the opposition, MK Tzipi Livni called a news conference on Monday amid expectations of her retirement from political life at the age of 60. Her Hatnuah party joined with Labor on the initiative of its former leader Yitzhak Herzog after the last election. Four years later, his successor Avi Gabbay publicly dissolved the partnership in a brutal public announcement last month. Livni’s Hatnuah faction has since plummeted in the polls to below the minimum 3.25pc threshold for entry to the Knesset in the April 9 election. Her merger talks with opposition party leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid were inconclusive. Livni served in eight cabinet positions through her career, setting a record for any Israeli woman. She never attained the top spot of prime minister. Livni led several rounds of talks with Palestinian leaders and up until the present, remains an outspoken champion of negotiations with the Palestinians for a two-state peace accord.