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."