Why She Didn't Report That Shimon Peres Sexually Assaulted Her: Colette Avital Tells All

Colette Avital is one of the female pioneers in Israel's foreign service and had a long political career. But she's been tied to one of the ugliest rumors ever spread in Israel: She’s Peres’ lover, it was said; that’s how she rose up the ladder. Nothing could be further from the truth

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Colette Avital.
Colette Avital. Credit: Daniel Tchetchik
Gidi Weitz
Gidi Weitz

In 1984, Colette Avital returned to Israel after a three-year stint in Paris on behalf of the Foreign Ministry. Her father, who was waiting for her upon her arrival in Haifa, brought her up to speed: The political impasse in the country had been broken, with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Shamir agreeing to form a rotation government. Peres would serve as prime minister for the first two years.

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