The cornerstone ceremony was held for the new Sheldon and Miriam Adelson School of Medicine at Ariel University Wednesday afternoon.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the event and said that "the university is an open and pluralistic institution. This is the true spirit of the State of Israel. The School of Medicine in Ariel will strengthen Israel's prestige in the world."

He added that "Ariel will always be part of the State of Israel, and I hope that graduates of the medical school will help with the development of medicine in countries which approach Israel [for medical assistance], such as India and China. We love the city of Ariel and will continue to build it."

Education Minister Naftali Bennett expressed the hope that "the physicians who graduate from the medical school in Ariel will heal patients for many years - and that the medical school will heal the open wounds in Israeli society and between us and our neighbors."

"This is not just a place of achievement, but a place with a soul. The Ariel medical school will train doctors - and it will be a fertile ground for dialogue and interaction between Israelis. All of this is due to our connection with the land of Israel. We are here to stay forever," Bennett said.