Rabbi Aharon Egeltal, director of the Mount Hevron fund, spoke to Arutz Sheva about his close friend Rabbi Michael Mark, who was murdered in a terrorist attack in front of his family.

Rabbi Mark is “the symbol of our entire existence in the land of Israel in general and particularly in Mount Hevron,” said Rabbi Egeltal.

“It's a big loss to the Jewish people. The combination we found in Michael – the ability to do things on earth and to keep your mind open to Torah – is very unique,” he added.

“Our souls are broken but our spirits are very strong,” said Rabbi Egeltal. “I believe that with the help of God almighty and the entire people of Israel, we will get over [these tragic deaths].”

“We face a very problematic situation [in Har Hevron],” he continued. “It is very hard to manage our everyday lives, but the people here are strong. We believe that at the end of the day, we'll build more and more businesses and homes. People will come here and set up their lives here.”

“There is a joke among us, that we meet each other at funerals. It's very painful but we know that at the end of the day, we're going to win. No terrorist will break us,” declared Rabbi Egeltal.