Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar on Sunday night criticized Defense Minister Ehud Barak for recommending that the decision on Ariel University Center be postponed, calling it a "transparent" move.

Barak penned a letter to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recommending he postpone a decision on the status of Ariel University Center until the Supreme Court rules on a petition against the institution. Barak also stated that Netanyahu should bring the issue to the cabinet following the Supreme Court ruling.

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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.


Sa'ar said Barak's aim is to try to delay the recognition of Ariel as a university. "The government. and not the defense minister, should be directing the OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. on the matter," opined Sa'ar.