MK Alex Miller (Yisrael Beytenu) praised Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar on Friday for his decision to recommend granting official university status to the Ariel University Center (AUC).
"The statement of the education minister confirms what we have known now for a long time: that the Ariel University Center has for all intents and purposes been a university," said Miller, who heads a Knesset faction devoted to making the AUC a university.
On Thursday, Sa'ar expressed support for the AUC. "Israel can support eight universities," he said. "There is nothing holy about the number seven," which is the current number of officially recognized Israeli universities.
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