Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the appointment of Brigadier General (Res.) Rafi Berkowitz as the new director of the Sorek Nuclear Research Center on Sunday. "There are no projects without science, and there is no science without being able to carry out specific projects in this important field of nuclear research, in our center which serves as a national laboratory," said Netanyahu in a statement. Berkowitz replaces Dr. Rafi Lavie, who filled in for the role of the late Mr. Israel Rothman, who passed away a year ago.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Dr. Lavie his devoted, loyal and professional service as acting director of the facility.In his previous position, Berkowitz served as Senior VP at the headquarters of the Atomic Energy Commission. Berkowitz received his BA from the Technion and a master's degree from Ben Gurion University.