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Cornerstone laying ceremony for the new Ariel University Medical School with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara Netanyahu, Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro, Sheldon Adelson and Dr. Miriam Adelson

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Health Minister Yaakov Litzmann, Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson, Mayor Eliyahu Shaviro, and other top-ranking officials laid the ground for Ariel University’s new Medical School on Wednesday, in attendance of the national and international press.

The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Health and Medical Sciences Building on the Ariel University campus, set to open for the 2018-2019 academic year, will launch Ariel University’s Medical School with a starting class of 70 pre-med students.


Professor Shai Ashkenazi, of Israel’s prestigious Schneider Medical Center, will be the first AU Medical School head upon the facility’s opening.

The groundbreaking ceremony began with a celebratory lunch at the Ariel University campus.

“I am certain that the doctors of the future will come from Ariel – from the children which today are learning in the local Education system who will one day walk on campus, who learn at the AU laboratories, who are being educated on the shoulders of academia and are being nursed from the wisdom they find there,” Mayor Shaviro stated at the luncheon.

“Nineteen years ago, I had the privilege of declaring Ariel a city in Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated at the site. “Four years ago, I had the privilege of announcing the upgrade of the Ariel University Center of Samaria to Ariel University – and today, we have the privilege of laying the cornerstone for the medical school on Ariel University campus, named after Sheldon and Miri.”

“I want to say here that we have seen a continuous line of progress,” Netanyahu continued. “Through it all, we have also opened the Ariel Regional Center for the Performing Arts (as well as developed) neighborhoods and homes.”

“We are building in Ariel, we are building up Ariel, and Ariel will always be part of the State of Israel.”

“This is not only a place of achievements – but a place with soul,” Education Minister Bennett added during the ceremony. “The Ariel Medical School will not only train doctors – it will be a fertile ground for dialogue and interaction between different Israelis, as we connect to the Land of Israel. We will remain here (in the Land) forever.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.