- Ron Nachman
Ron Nachman ( _he. רון נחמן, born
6 August 1942) is an Israeli politician and former Knessetmember. The founder of Ariel, one of the largest Israeli settlements in the West Bank, he has been its mayor since 1985. [ [http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vie/ariel.html Ariel] Jewish Virtual Library]
Tel Avivduring the Mandate era, Nachman studied at Tel Aviv University, where he gained an LLB and a BA in political science and law studies.
After helping found Ariel in 1978, he became its first mayor in 1985, and has been re-elected four times since. As mayor, Nachman has argued for keeping Ariel as an integral part of
Israel. Since 1997, he has worked to have the former College of Judea and Samariaupgraded to universitystatus. Although the college has renamed itself the Ariel University Center of Samaria, both Minister of Education Yuli Tamirand the Council for Higher Education have vowed to block it. [ [http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/888918.html Ariel College upgrades itself to 'university' status] Haaretz, 2 August 2007] He also serves as deputy chairman of the Union of Local Authorities.
Nachman is also alternate deputy chairman of the Zionist Council in Israel and a member of the Zionist Action Committee.
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