The following article was originally published in The Jerusalem Report.
About Colette Avital
Colette Avital has served as a Knesset Member with the Labor Party since 1999. In the Knesset, she chairs the Ethics Committee and the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee for the Location and Restitution of Property of Holocaust Victims. She is also an observer in the Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee and a member of the Education and Culture Committee, the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women, the Finance Committee, and the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. As a career diplomat, Ambassador Avital has served as the Israeli Consul General to New York, Consul and Acting Consular General in Boston, Ambassador to Portugal, Consul in Paris, and Press Attaché in Brussels. Within the Israeli Foreign Ministry, she has served as Director of the Leadership Department, Deputy Director General of the Communications and Information Division, and Acting Director of the Publicity Department. Ambassador Avital holds a BA in Political Science and a MA in Public Administration, while her mastery of foreign languages includes English, French, Romanian, German, Portuguese, and Italian. Her articles have appeared in Le Monde, the New York Times, and the New York Post.
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