Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar (Likud) on Saturday rejected as "unfounded" British criticism of Israel's decision to upgrade Ariel University Center to a full-fledged university.

British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said Thursday that "Ariel is beyond the Green Line in a settlement that is illegal according to international law. This decision will deepen the presence of the settlements in the Palestinian territories and will create another obstacle to peace."

Speaking at a political event in Nes Tsiona,  Sa'ar charged that the real obstacle to peace is "incitement in the Palestinian educational system" and not the upgrade to the Ariel University Center.

"Ariel has always been an integral part of the State of Israel. Our connection to Ariel is no less than England's connection to the Falkland Islands," Sa'ar stated.

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