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        11/26/2012, Kislev 12, 5773

      Before You Leave, Authorize Ariel as a University


      Treasurer Yuval Steinitz and Member of Knesset Alex Miller called on outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Monday, to instruct the Israel Defense Forces' commander for Judea and Samaria to sign an order confirming university status for the Ariel University Center. In wishing Barak well, Miller - who chairs the Knesset lobby for upgrading the institution - said Barak should already issue those instructions in the next few days, adding that the process should not be frozen out of narrow political concerns.

      Interviewed by Kol Yisrael government radio, Steinitz said the decision had been made in principle by the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria, and there was no point in dragging things out. He added that his arguments with Barak over the defense budget were purely professional.