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Gesher (Hebrew: גשר, lit. Bridge) is a centrist[5] 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.[6] The name of the party is a reference to the party founded by Orly's father, David Levy.


LeaderOrly Levy
Founded25 December 2018
Split fromYisrael Beitenu
IdeologySocial liberalism
Economic egalitarianism
Welfare capitalism
Two-state solution[2]
Political positionCentre[3] to centre-left[4]
Colours     Dark Blue
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Election symbol



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.[7] In March 2017 Levy announced her intention to establish a new party for the elections.[citation needed]

Gesher was founded in December 2018, a few days after the April 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.[8]

Party goalsEdit

  • 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.[citation needed]

2019 candidate listEdit

The party's candidate list for the 2019 election is as follows:[9]

  1. Orly Levi-Abekasis
  2. David Perlmutter
  3. Yifat Biton
  4. Haggai Reznik
  5. Gilad Samama
  6. Carmen Elmakayes
  7. Michal Nagari Hirsch
  8. Liat Yakir
  9. Haggai Lavie
  10. Dan Shaham
  11. Ronit Lev Ari
  12. Malka Oliel
  13. Yehudit Yifrah
  14. Orly Kanubal
  15. Noa Eliaz
  16. Yehudah Katz
  17. Eran Amir
  18. Ziv Atiyah


Leader Took office Left office
  Orly Levy 2018 Incumbent

Election ResultsEdit

Election year Party Leader # of overall votes % of overall vote # of overall seats
+/- Gov?
2019 Orly Levy 74,701 1.73 (#14)
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New party N/A


  1. ^ "שוויון מגדרי".
  2. ^ "מדיני".
  3. ^ Avishai, Bernard (8 February 2019). "Benjamin Netanyahu Finally Faces a Real Challenger in Benny Gantz—If the Opposition Can Unite Behind Him". The New Yorker. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Which parties are running – and who is likely to get in?". Arutz Sheva. 9 April 2019. Alignment: Center, Center-Left
  5. ^ Staff Writer (14 March 2018). "Orly Levy-Abekasis is Israel's newest political wildcard". Times of Israel. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  6. ^ Hezki Baruch (26 December 2018). "Levy-Abekasis' party to be named Gesher". Israel National News. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  7. ^ Hezki Baruch (15 March 2017). "Yisrael Beytenu MK dismissed". Israel National News. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Levy-Abekasis: No merger with Gantz after his 'weird, hallucinatory' behavior". The Times of Israel. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2019-04-12.

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