Likud MK Barkat Makes Secret Visit To Uman, Israeli Foreign Ministry Is “Furious”

Likud MK Nir Barkat davens in Uman. (Twitter)

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Likud MK Nir Barkat on Friday davened at the kever of Rav Nachman M’Breslov in Uman under heavy security.

Barkat’s visit to Uman was part of a trip he made to Ukraine on the invitation of Kyiv Rav Rabbi Moshe Asman in order to be mechazeik the Jewish kehillos there. The former Jerusalem mayor met with Rabbanim and Breslover askanim and toured several bombed cities.

Barkat also met with the governor of Uman and discussed the issues surrounding the arrival of Israelis in the area for Rosh Hashanah. On Friday, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Israel’s Kan News that “Russia will deliberately fire missiles at Uman on Rosh Hashanah.”

Barkat meets with the chairman of Ichud Breslov, Rav Natan Ben-Nun. (Twitter)
Likud MK Nir Barkat meets with the governor of Uman.
Barkat tours bombed Ukrainian cities.

In Israel, Foreign Ministry officials are reportedly furious that Barkat traveled to Ukraine at a time when the ministry and the National Security Council (NSC) are imploring Israelis to avoid traveling to the war-torn country.

Barkat did not announce his trip prior to his arrival and did not coordinate his trip with any government officials. It should be noted that Barkat, the wealthiest MK in the Knesset, paid for the trip and security himself.

Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll said: “I am concerned about members of the Knesset who, instead of serving as a personal example to the large religious public in Israel, choose to ignore the unequivocal travel warning to Ukraine and endanger themselves and others. I know this is a difficult concession, but again, I ask that you refrain from traveling to Uman this year, for your own safety.”

Barkat didn’t remain silent, slamming the government in return: “Unfortunately, the Israeli government is the one that is absent from Ukraine at this difficult time of a war when innocent people are being harmed. The US Secretary of State, the British Minister of Defense, and officials from all over the world have come to Ukraine. The atrocities in Ukraine are shocking and we as Jews should be the first to express support for the Ukrainian people and the Jewish community in Ukraine.”

During the trip, Barkat also visited Kyiv and met with the chairman of the Ukrainian parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk.

Barkat meets with the chairman of the Ukrainian parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk. (Barkat Twitter)

Below is a video of Barkat with Rav Moshe Asman:

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. I know of a true story that happened about 10 days ago, a Bachur was travelling inside Ukraine and he was going towards Uman. A huge thug approached him, beat him up and stole his cash and phone.

  2. MK Barkat paid for his own security.
    Many people can’t afford to pay for their own security. Also if Russia drops bombs, then we are all in big trouble-yes security- no security–We are dealing with a crazy country and crazy leader (Russia).
    Rabbi Nachman may his memory be blessed, I am sure that if he was alive, he would advise people that for this year, please do not travel to Uman for your own safety.

  3. Until the elections and the new government is formed, there is only ONE Israeli government speaking with one voice. There are good strategic reasons for EY to thread the needle between not antagonizing Putin with over displays of solidarity with Ukraine while still quietly providing support where it can. Barkat’s action are the height of irresponsibility for a party that claims to be the grown ups in international affairs and national security.