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Winston Churchill

About half a year ago, I stopped all work in our Zehut headquarters and, in the middle of the day, took the entire Zehut staff to the movies. The movie we went to see was “Darkest Hour” about Winston Churchill.

Europe had been conquered by the Nazi storm. The British army had been caught in Dunkirk and, for all practical purposes, no longer existed. Roosevelt persisted with his policy of separatism and refused to send even one bullet to England. Inside England, all the small politicians scorned, ridiculed, and humiliated Churchill and planned his downfall – and to surrender to Hitler.

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And they had what to laugh about. Churchill had failed at everything he had done until then. He was chock-full of human shortcomings. The absolute opposite of a heroic figure. An aging, rotund gent who ceaselessly imbibed and smoked, slept in the middle of the day, and had difficulty concentrating.

But from within all the darkness, a unique characteristic that would save the world from destruction shone forth. From within all the general chaos, the fear, the pressure, the anger, the fear-mongering, and the ceaseless attempts to force him to face reality and surrender – from within all this madness, Churchill managed to filter out all the background noise and not allow the trees to hide the forest in his sights.

Churchill understood the significance of the historical hour. He was not in the present. He was in the future, with his descendants 200 years later. He understood what he would do then would shape the world for generations.

And with that historical consciousness, he skipped over the here and now. He ignored all the advisors and all the strategists, all the politicians and all the Lilliputian hacks. He turned directly to his nation, courageously and straightforwardly explaining the true significance of the hour and the price they would have to pay. And he saved the free world.

When we left the movie, I said to our staff, “Keep the feeling you have now leaving the movie in your hearts. I have a feeling we are going to be there.”

All the forces that abandoned any semblance of vision long ago, any semblance of purpose, any sort of whole greater than the sum of its parts; all those separate pieces that scattered in all directions, whose spice of life is who they are not and not who they are; all those who want just one more day of going to bed satiated and “We’ll see what happens tomorrow” – all of them are going to unite against us now.

They will do everything they can so that we despair and give up. Because we are preventing them from surrender. They will hate us because we will not let them surrender. And we cannot do so because the defeat we suffered in Gaza is just the promo for the great defeat waiting for us next, with the same leaders and the same generals.

We are going to win these elections because we already understand the historic significance of the hour. We know that we have to be there in the darkest hour. And thus we know that we do not have a choice but to win.

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Moshe Feiglin is the former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. He heads the Zehut Party.He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: "Where There Are No Men" and "War of Dreams." Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Lebanon War.He lives in Ginot Shomron with his family.