Mideast Report

JERUSALEM (JPS) — Secret information listing Israeli nuclear facilities and details about the Israel Air Force appears on various Internet sites, according to Web expert Eli Hacohen of Israel Radio, who appeared before the Knesset Science and Technology Committee Tuesday.

Hacohen said that lists of Israeli nuclear facilities show their locations and which have missiles.

There is also information on IAF flight groups, numbers and types of planes and locations of airports, Hacohen said. One of the sites that provides this information is based in the United States, and was set up by an anonymous source; the other is in Britain.

The expert said the sites proved that efforts to censor state information were obsolete and that the authorities would have to get used to this idea. Hacohen said that during the past few weeks, he had monitored sites dedicated to Mordechai Vanunu, who is imprisoned for revealing information on Israel's nuclear capacity.

Yitzhak Levy picked to replace Zevulun Hammer as NRP leader

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel's National Religious Party elected Transportation Minister Yitzhak Levy its new leader.

Levy, an avowed hawk, is expected to become education minister in place of the late party leader, Zevulun Hammer, who died last month.

The runner-up in the vote, Shaul Yahalom, is slated to assume the Transportation Ministry portfolio from Levy.

Surveys show oil reserves in Israel's offshore areas

JERUSALEM (JPS) — The waters off the coast, particularly in the Ashdod area, are likely to yield large quantities of oil, according to surveys by several companies.

The companies, including Avner Oil and Gas and Isramco, recently revealed their findings to the Knesset Economics Committee

Israel has potential oil supply totaling 5 to 5.5 billion barrels, including 2.1 to 2.7 billion offshore, said Yehezkel Druckman, head of the National Infrastructure Ministry's oil department.

While total sales from oil in the last decade (some $500 million) are the same as overall expenditure on exploration, Druckman said the chances are that future drilling will guarantee far better returns as there is now a very good idea where the oil is, its quality and the size of the reservoirs.

Israel's high-technology industry has few women at top, forum finds

JERUSALEM (JPS) — Only six women are CEOs in the more than 300 high-tech companies nationwide, according to the forum of women managers in the Manufacturers Association.

In the electronics industry, 13 percent of those in managerial positions are women, whereas they make up 17 percent in software companies.

Of the 900 female managers, two-thirds are employed in the electronics industry and one-third in software.

Ronit Silon, head of the forum, has submitted a plan to boost the number of women in senior positions in the high-tech industry to the leaders of the electronics and software industries.

The plan was formulated over the past six months by a team that included Eli Rimon, Intel's deputy managing director for manpower, and Dafna Rosen, a senior manager in Motorola's computer division.

Under the plan, the number of women in senior management positions in the industry would increase from 14 percent to 20 percent, and reach some 1,200 in the next five years.

Information sessions and discussions would be held with male managers in every company to obtain a commitment to advance women into senior positions in the high-tech industry.

Clear criteria would also be established in the industry for the selection of senior managers, including advertising the positions, in order for those with the best skills to be chosen for the job.