Three weeks after The Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria
decided to grant Ariel University Center full university status, Defense
Minister Ehud Barak is blocking any progress from being made towards
making the decision a reality.
Since Ariel is in the West Bank, which is under the IDF's authority, OC
Central Command Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon must sign the declaration, and may
only do so after receiving instructions from Barak.
Barak plans to hold meetings in the coming in order to decide whether he
supports Ariel University Center's transition to a full university, but
his office would not say when the defense minister plans to announce
his stance on the matter.
"The defense minister has to make a decision as the sovereign over the
West Bank, and he will base his decision on meetings in the coming
weeks," Barak's spokesman, Barak Serry, explained. "There are many
aspects to this issue, including security and diplomatic repercussions."