Colette Avital, A former Knesset member on behalf of the Labor Party, claimed in an interview published today (Thursday) in the Haaretz newspaper that the prime minister and former president, Shimon Peres, Sexually harassed her.
According to Avital in an interview, the incident took place in 1984, when he returned to Israel on a mission from the Foreign Ministry in Paris, and Peres served as prime minister. She was invited to a meeting with Peres as a candidate for the position of his communications consultant.
According to Avital in an interview, at the end of the meeting Peres stood up and accompanied her to the door, but there he did not open the door but tried to kiss Avital against her will: “He suddenly pinned me to the door and tried to kiss me. ‘ He returned to his place, and I walked. My legs shook when I left, it repulsed me. Five minutes earlier he told me I could not work with him because I was a woman, and what would they say. So what changed suddenly? What happened to you? For something like two years. “After this incident, I refrained from seeing him.”
Later in the interview, Avital recounted another incident that occurred earlier, during her mission in Paris, when, according to the article, Peres, who was then the chairman of the opposition, stayed in the city and invited her to a meeting “under security circumstances” in his hotel room. According to her, he tried to direct her to his bed, but she resisted and left the room. You will be with me. “
Asked in an interview why, despite the incidents described, she continued to work with Peres in her political career, Avital replied: “It never occurred to me that he would try again. At that time I quite admired him, both in terms of thinking and talent, he was for me. “A model for an Israeli statesman is open and thinking. Since I accompanied him closely even after this event, and he did not try after that time in Paris, I did not think it would come back.”
When asked how Peres treated her when their paths crossed in the years after the two incidents, she replied: “A utilitarian attitude. I mean, where I could serve him, fine. He did not help me in the primaries, but he would call me when he needed something. One day he called He said, “You know Jose Saramago, I need you to call him.” He obsessively tried to promote the Nobel Prize to Amos Oz, and he needed support. “And the next day I would pass by him and he hardly knew me. It was a prize.”
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