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  • January 18, 1962

    Memorandum by Robert Amory, Deputy Director of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, to Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs [McGeorge Bundy]

    Heavily excised report to McGeorge Bundy from the CIA on the Israeli nuclear program and Dimona.

  • January 18, 1962

    Report from Cultural Attaché at the Israeli Embassy, Rio de Janeiro, Smeul Benizi, 18 January 1962, Subject: 'Brazil – Cuban-Latin American Relations'

    Cultural Attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, Smeul Benizi, discusses the proposal from Brazil to the Organization of American States (OAS) suggesting that Cuba become a neutral country, like Finland.

  • February 12, 1962

    Nicolas G. Thacher to James P. Grant, 'Your Appointment with Dennis Greenhill and Dennis Speares of the British Embassy'

    British Embassy officials raise British concerns about the Israeli nuclear facility at Dimona.

  • February 12, 1962

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'Israel’s Atomic Energy Program'

    British response to State Department reply regarding controls over Israel nuclear program.

  • February 14, 1962

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'Israel's Atomic Energy Program'

    Discussion with the British about supervision of Israel's atomic energy program.

  • April 09, 1962

    William C. Hamilton to Robert C. Strong, 'Reply to U.K. Paper on Safeguards'

    State Department reply to British officials regarding controls over Israel's nuclear program.

  • June 22, 1962

    Robert C. Strong to Phillips Talbot, 'Another Visit to Israel’s Dimona Reactor'

    Unable to arrange visits from a "neutral" country, the State Department proposes another US visit to Dimona.

  • June 22, 1962

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'A Second Visit by U.S. Scientists to Israel’s Dimona Reactor'

    Ambassador Harman responds favorably to the suggestion of another US visit to Dimona.

  • July 11, 1962

    State Department Telegram 233 to US Embassy Egypt

    UAR officials express concern regarding the Israeli nuclear program.

  • September 14, 1962

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'Proposed Visit of U.S. Scientists to the Dimona Reactor'

    Delay in response to US request for a second visit to Dimona.

  • September 18, 1962

    William Brubeck, Executive Secretary, to McGeorge Bundy, 'Second Visit by U.S. Scientists to the Dimona Reactor'

    Memorandum summarizing response to US requests for a second visit to Dimona.

  • October 22, 1962

    State Department Telegram 451 to US Embassy Egypt

    State Department reports that a second US visit to Dimona reaffirmed previous view that there was no evidence of preparations for nuclear weapons production.

  • October 23, 1962

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'Second U.S. Visit to Dimona Reactor'

    Results of second US visit to Dimona discussed.

  • October 24, 1962

    Cable from Israeli Foreign Ministry (Arad) to Israeli Embassy, Washington

    A cable on the conversation between Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and US Ambassador to Israel Walworth Barbour devoted to the crisis in Cuba. The cable says "The PM told Barbour that with regard to the Cuban Crisis we [Israel] had nothing better to do than pray." and that "The PM replied that Israel is trying to maintain peace."

  • October 25, 1962

    Cable from Israeli Embassy, Prague, to Israeli Foreign Ministry, Jerusalem

    A cable from the Israeli Embassy in Prague about the Cuban crisis - public panic, long lines at stores to buy basic products (oil, sugar, salt, etc.) and many denunciations of U.S. policies by Cuban citizens.

  • October 27, 1962

    Telegram from Polish Embassy in Havana (Jeleń), 27 October 1962

    Jelen discusses the Cuban Missile Crisis: military and missile bases in Cuba and Turkey, UN inspections of Cuba and U-2 planes.

  • October 27, 1962

    Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Presidium Protocol 62

    Protocol 62 illustrates how it was Khrushchev who raised the stakes during the missile crisis and dictated a new letter to Kennedy indicating he would only remove the missiles from Cuba in exchange of the United States withdrawing its military bases from Turkey and Pakistan. The Pakistan demand would later be dropped, however and the US would only agree to remove its IRBMs from Turkey.

  • October 28, 1962

    Cable from Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, New York (Komey), to Israeli Foreign Ministry, Jerusalem

    Israeli Ambassador to the UN discusses the Cuban-Turkey deal, especially Secretary U-Thant's opposition to it.

  • October 28, 1962

    Telegram from Brazilian Embassy in Washington (Campos), 2 p.m., Sunday

    Campos discusses agreements that are being made between Kennedy and Khrushchev regarding the immediate dismantling of the missile bases in Cuba, international inspections of Cuba, and an abandonment of the demand for reciprocity in Turkey.

  • October 28, 1962

    Telegram from the Brazilian Embassy in Washington (Campos), 2 p.m., Sunday

    Campos discusses the brief alleviation in tensions between the United States and Soviet Union over the Cuban issue due to a temporary accord for a limited-diversion of the Soviet ships.