Rav Amar Encourages the Soldiers
Kikar reports that Rav Amar went to bless, pray with, and encourage the soldiers. He met with the army's chief rabbi - Rav Rafi Peretz and with Golani soldiers.
He said: "Just as the Pillar of Cloud separated between the Israelites and the Egyptians, so too you will protect Am Yisrael from the murderers, as it says: and the pillar of cloud removed from before them, and stood behind them; and it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel.
"Am Yisrael did not wander in the desert as long as the Pillar of Cloud was in the camp, hovering over the Mishkan. The same with today - Am Yisrael feels secure in the merit of your being here, and will not wander and will not flee as long as you are guarding over the people who dwell in Zion.
He added: "You are a sample of the people - our heroes. We stand behind you. [And it says:] Ye draw nigh this day unto battle against your enemies; let not your heart faint; fear not, nor be alarmed, neither be ye affrighted at them; for the LORD your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you."