Founded in 2012
Am Shalem ("The Complete Nation") was established by MK Rabbi Haim Amsalem in the period leading up to the elections for the 19th Knesset. Rabbi Amsalem was elected to the Knesset in 2009 as a member of Shas, but had ideological differences with his party repeatedly throughout his Knesset term.
Am Shalem calls itself a "Jewish social movement." In its "Jewish" dimension, the party advocates what it terms "moderate Judaism," calling for the integration of Torah study with earning a living, equality in sharing the burden of military service, and reform of the structure and authority of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Am Shalem also supports a lenient Halakhic approach regarding the issue of conversion to Judaism. Within its "social" dimension, the party opposes all forms of discrimination and racism, and calls for narrowing social gaps through measures such as abolishing tax on basic products, linking the periphery with the center of the country, and increasing the availability of affordable housing.