"The grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov is a prized possession of the Jewish People that draws thousands of worshippers daily. I can't imagine what will happen if the Nation of Israel will lose this property to a local businessman," said Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai following a meeting with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni Monday.
"I discussed the issue with Minister Livni and clarified that the Ukrainian President's visit to Israel is the last opportunity to save the Rebbe's grave,"
Close to 200,000 Israelis visit the Rebbe of Brslov's grave every year and as many as 40,000 travel to Uman during the High Holidays.
Yishai warned that alongside the spiritual damage a construction of a hotel on site will cause, lies the risk that many of the underprivileged worshipers would not be able to access the site due to an increase in the admission and travel costs.