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Gesher (Hebrew: גשר, lit. Bridge) is a liberal and centrist[7] 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.[8] 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
Social liberalism[1]
Economic egalitarianism[2]
Two-state solution[4]
Political positionCentre[5] to centre-left[6]
National affiliationLabor-Gesher
Colours     Dark Blue
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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.[9] 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.[10]

On 18 July 2019, ahead of the September 2019 election, the party agreed to form an electoral alliance with the Labor party.[11][12]


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?
April 2019 Orly Levy 74,701 1.73 (#14)
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New party N/A
September 2019 Orly Levy TBD TBD
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  1. ^ "כלכלי-חברתי".
  2. ^ "מגזרים ואוכלוסיות מוחלשות".
  3. ^ "שוויון מגדרי".
  4. ^ "מדיני".
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Which parties are running – and who is likely to get in?". Arutz Sheva. 9 April 2019. Alignment: Center, Center-Left
  7. ^ Staff Writer (14 March 2018). "Orly Levy-Abekasis is Israel's newest political wildcard". Times of Israel. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  8. ^ Hezki Baruch (26 December 2018). "Levy-Abekasis' party to be named Gesher". Israel National News. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  9. ^ Hezki Baruch (15 March 2017). "Yisrael Beytenu MK dismissed". Israel National News. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Levy-Abekasis: No merger with Gantz after his 'weird, hallucinatory' behavior". The Times of Israel. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  11. ^ "All the Candidates Running in Israel's September Do-over Election". Haaretz. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  12. ^ Gil Hoffman; Jeremy Sharon; Tamar Beeri (18 July 2019). "Labor nabs Orly Levy-Abekasis, Left joint list called off". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 18 July 2019.

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