§268 A prayerJanuary 5, 2009
He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God, from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.
May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.
May He lead our enemies under our soldiers’ sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is the Lord your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.
Now let us respond: Amen.
Source: The sidur “Da lifney mi ata omed”, nusach ashkenaz, published by Koren, 2004
Source of translation to English: http://www.aish.com/spirituality/prayer/Prayer_for_Israeli_Soldiers.asp
I tried to find a similar prayer for the civilians in Gaza too, but couldn’t. Not even a muslim prayer. Nothing. The only thing I found when searching “prayer for palestinians” and “prayer for palestine” were things condemning Israel for defending itself, or it was in arabic without translation so I couldn’t know. Nothing simple about keeping the civilians from harm, only hate propaganda, and calls for Israel to end the “occupation”. Sad indeed.
I tried to be balanced here.