Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu eulogized Mayor Ron Nachman of Ariel, Sunday, as "an exemplary mayor". Netanyahu said, "He did it with passionate conviction and Zionist zeal. Because of him, Ariel became a progressive modern city which absorbed immigration."
Earlier, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin addressed Nachman as much as those in attendance at Nachman's funeral when he said, "Ron, you were a rare breed, descended from the builders of the country. For you, the vision was tested by the ability to fulfill it. Your hands joined the dream with the reality. By your deeds, you taught us a lesson in Zionism: (quoting from Theodor Herzl) If you will it - it is not a dream."