Founded in 1995
David Levy established Gesher in late 1995 after his resignation from the Likud several months earlier. Gesher defined itself as a national-social party championing social justice, "the ingathering of the exiles" and working for peace. When the party was established, Levy announced his intention to run as Gesher's candidate for prime minister. But prior to the elections for the 14th Knesset in 1996, he came to an understanding with the leader of the Likud, Binyamin Netanyahu, that he would bow out of the race for prime minister and Gesher would run in a joint list with the Likud and Tzomet. The Gesher representatives were promised eight out of the first forty places in the joint list, and five Gesher Knesset members were elected to the Knesset from the joint list.
In early 1998, however, David Levy convinced Gesher to leave the government. Prior to the elections for the 15th Knesset in 1999, Gesher joined the Labor party and Meimad in a joint list called "One Israel" (Yisrael Ahat). Two members of Knesset, David Levy and his brother Maxim, were elected to the Knesset as members of this joint party. Gesher left the Yisrael Achat faction during 2000. In 2003, prior to the elections for the 16th Knesset, Gesher dissolved.
Fifteen years later, Orly Levy-Abekasis, daughter of Daviv Levy, re-established Gesher and competed in the 2019 elections. The party has a distinct social agneda.