Ron Nachman, the mayor of the city of Ariel, welcomed the decision of the Planning and Budgeting Committee to official name the Ariel University Center of Samaria as an Israeli university. Nachman told Arutz Sheva news, "the Israeli government should continue to redirect existing resources available to universities." He rejected the pressure by presidents of certain other Israeli academic institutions not to list the AUC as a university. "The whole story of money is only a pretext. They are playing a political game here under the guise of professors," Nachman said.