Gesher (2019 political party)
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|Founded||25 December 2018|
|Split from||Yisrael Beitenu|
|Political position||Centre to centre-left|
|Colours|| Dark Blue|
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Gesher (Hebrew: גשר, lit. Bridge) is a centrist political party in Israel, established in December 2018 by former Yisrael Beitenu MK Orly Levy. The party focuses primarily on economic and cost-of-living issues, aiming to reduce inequality. The name of the party is a reference to the party founded by Orly's father, David Levy.
Levy served on behalf of the Yisrael Beiteinu party during the 20th Knesset, but withdrew from the party after it joined the 34th government, due to the fact that she did not receive a ministerial position despite her high ranking on Yisrael Beitenu's list. At first, she remained officially a part of the party, but later was removed from the party and remained a member of the Knesset. Levy was recognized as an independent member of the Knesset, not a member of the coalition, but in the opposition. In March 2017 Levy announced her intention to establish a new party for the elections.
Gesher was founded in December 2018, a few days after the 2019 election was called. The party attempted to run on a joint list with Benny Gantz's Hosen L'Yisrael but after negotiations failed, the party declared it would run alone.
- Creating a new social force determined to fight for the public good and open, responsible debate.
- Implementation of Ze'ev Jabotinsky's five basic needs that should be guaranteed by the government: Food, Housing, Clothing, Education and Healthcare.
- Changing Israel's voting system to Open party list proportional representation.
2019 candidate list
The party's candidate list for the 2019 election is as follows:
- Orly Levi-Abekasis
- David Perlmutter
- Yifat Biton
- Haggai Reznik
- Gilad Samama
- Carmen Elmakayes
- Michal Nagari Hirsch
- Liat Yakir
- Haggai Lavie
- Dan Shaham
- Ronit Lev Ari
- Malka Oliel
- Yehudit Yifrah
- Orly Kanubal
- Noa Eliaz
- Yehudah Katz
- Eran Amir
- Ziv Atiyah
|Leader||Took office||Left office|
|Election year||Party Leader||# of overall votes||% of overall vote||# of overall seats
|2019||Orly Levy||74,701||1.73 (#14)||
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Alignment: Center, Center-Left
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