Colette Avital

Former Member of Knesset, served as  Ambassador to Portugal and as Consul General in New York City

A former Member of Knesset on behalf of the Labor Party, Colette Avital served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and as Chairperson of the Lobby for Holocaust Survivors. She also served as the International Secretary of the Israeli Labor Party. Avital formerly served as Israel's Ambassador to Portugal and as Consul General in New York City. Additionally, she is co-founder of the "One Home" movement, promoting the legislation of an evacuation-compensation law for Jewish settlers in the West Bank. In 2007, she was a presidential candidate, withdrawing from the race following the first round and endorsing Shimon Peres. Avital holds an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science and English Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.