Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely on Thursday slammed the he Committee for Planning and Budgeting in the Council for Higher Education’s (CHE) decision delaying recognition of Ariel University in Samaria
"This is an academic putsch against the Israeli government's economic and political policy," Hotovely charged. "Ariel is in the heart of Israeli consensus; there is no Zionist left wing that thinks Ariel is not on the map of Israel."
"It was expected professionals with academic integrity would welcome the College. After all, it passed all the relevant tests," Hotovely said.
"We did not expect them to act like a political cartel and accept bribes. This was about denying funding to a conservative institution that does research they don't like," she added.
Hotovely's comments followed on CHE's decision on Wednesday to deny Ariel University tenure until at least next year. The decision also ensured Ariel University will not receive government's subsidies granted to recognized universities until at least next year.
According to the CHE decision, a comprehensive examination of Ariel University's status will be held with a decision being deferred to an unspecified date in 2013.