Am Shalem

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Am Shalem
עם שלם
Leader Haim Amsalem
Chairman Moshe Tzafarti
Founded 14 April 2011
Split from Shas
Most MKs 1 (2011)
Fewest MKs 0 (2013)
Election symbol
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Am Shalem (Hebrew: עם שלם‎, "Whole Nation") is an Israeli political party.

The party was established on 14 April 2011 by Knesset member Haim Amsalem, five months after he was expelled from Shas, and took its name from the Hebrew translation of his surname.[1] The party intends to run for the 19th Knesset, on a secular-religious unity platform. Its main goals are to bring the secular and religious sectors together, separating religion from politics but not from the state, encouraging the haredi sector to join the workforce, campaigning against communal segregation in haredi communities, and supporting IDF conversions, even those without a commitment to Halakha. Shortly after its formation, the party announced that it would launch "Operation Ten Thousand", to get 10,000 new members to join the movement. It is chaired by Moshe Tzafarti.[2]

2013 Election Results[edit]

Am Shalem did not meet the electoral threshold for inclusion in the 19th Knesset on January 22, 2013, picking up zero seats.[3]

Platform[4][edit]

  • unite all Jews and restore moderate Judaism to Israel.
  • create Haredi yeshiva high schools and joint yeshiva and college programs as a preparation for entrance into the workforce
  • educate and inspire all citizens to serve in the IDF and demand at least national or civil service
  • write and pass new laws to combat racism and discrimination
  • transform the chief rabbinate to reflect a moderate, lenient and Zionistic Judaism
  • focus on enabling the poorest sectors to remove themselves from the endless struggle to survive.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amsalem launches alternative to Shas The Jerusalem Post, 15 April 2011
  2. ^ Shas rebel MK founds new movement Ynetnews, 14 November 2011
  3. ^ 2013 Elections Results Haaretz, Retrieved January 24, 2013
  4. ^ Official website

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