She was born in Romania on May 1, 1940 and together with her parents she left for Israel when she was 10. She started her career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later on she was, among others, a minister in Paris, an ambassador to Portugal, a general consul in New York and a deputy of the general chief in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
When elected a member of the Israeli Parliament in 1999 she was a member of the Labor Party. Apart from Hebrew, she speaks English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian.
Apart from Avital, deputy Likud Reuven Rivli announced his candidacy last month. Vice prime minister Shimon Peres may be the third candidate for presidency. (I.C.)