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  • February 03, 1961

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'Israeli Reactor'

    Assistant Secretary of State G. Lewis Jones meets with Israeli Ambassador Harman, to discuss the Dimona reactor Harman explained that the Israeli government was preoccupied with an ongoing domestic political crisis.

  • February 08, 1961

    Memorandum, Secretary of State Rusk for the President, 'Israeli Reactor'

    Rusk informs President Kennedy about the outcome of Assistant Secretary of State G. Lewis Jones's meeting with Israeli Ambassador Harman.

  • February 13, 1961

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'Inspection of Israel’s New Atomic Reactor'

    Secretary of State Rusk meets with Ambassador Harman to raise the desirability of a US visit to Dimona, noting that Israeli "candor" was important to the state of the US-Israeli relationship.

  • February 16, 1961

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'Israel’s Security and Other Problems'

    US National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy meets with Ambassador Harman to discuss the Israeli nuclear facility at Dimona.

  • February 20, 1961

    US Mission to the United Nations (New York) Telegram No. 2242 to Department of State, 'Eyes Only' from Reid to Secretary

    Departing Ambassador informs told President Kennedy that an American inspection of the Dimona nuclear facility can be arranged.

  • February 26, 1961

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'U.S.-Israeli Relations - The Dimona Reactor'

    Assistant Secretary G. Lewish Jones reports on a conversation with Teddy Kollek about arranging a US visit to Dimona.

  • March 03, 1961

    Memorandum by Secretary Rusk to President Kennedy, 'Israeli Reactor'

    Rusk summarizes a meeting between Assistant Secretary Lewis Jones and Teddy Kollek for the president.

  • March 13, 1961

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'Dimona Reactor'

    Ambassador Harman says there is no news about arranging a US visit to Dimona.

  • March 28, 1961

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'Dimona Reactor'

    Assistant Secretary Lewis Jones asks again about arranging a US visit to the Dimona nuclear facility.

  • March 30, 1961

    Memorandum from Secretary Rusk to President Kennedy, 'Dimona Reactor in Israel'

    Rusk updates the President on US requests to Israel to visit the Dimona reactor, and provides a related chronology.

  • April 10, 1961

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

    Ambassador Harman informs Jones and Philip Farley, the special assistant to the secretary of state for atomic energy and outer space matters, that Israel is formally inviting a US scientist to visit the Dimona complex during the week of 15 May, but that the visit should be secret.

  • April 11, 1961

    Memorandum by Assistant Secretary Jones to Secretary of State Rusk, 'Your Appointment with Israeli Ambassador Harman'

    Jones informs Rusk that Israel is ready to allow a US visit to Dimona, but it must be kept secret. Jones also informed Rusk that the Atomic Energy Commission had selected two of its scientists to make the visit: Ulysses Staebler, assistant director of reactor development and chief of the Civilian Power Reactors Branch, and Jesse Croach Jr., a heavy water reactor expert with Dupont, the AEC’s principal contractor for heavy water reactor work.

  • April 17, 1961

    Assistant Secretary Jones, Memorandum of Conversation, 'U.S. Visit to Dimona'

    Jones proposes to Israeli Minister Plenipotentiary Mordechai Gazit that the US visit to Dimona be kept "quiet" rather than "secret."

  • April 28, 1961

    State Department Telegram 798 to US Embassy Tel Aviv

    Israelis have been informed of the details of US visit to Dimona.

  • May 01, 1961

    Deputy Assistant Secretary Meyer Memorandum of Conversation, 'Visit to Israeli Reactor'

    Armin H. Meyer discusses the US visit to Dimona with Mordechai Gazit.

  • May 01, 1961

    Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Philips Talbot to Secretary of State, 'Ben--Gurion Visit and Israel’s Reactor'

    Ambassador Harman requests that the US visit to Dimona be delayed until after Prime Minister Ben-Gurion and President Kennedy meet in New York on May 30th.

  • May 05, 1961

    Memorandum by Secretary of State Rusk to President Kennedy, 'Visit to Israeli Reactor'

    The Israeli Embassy has confirmed the visit by two American observers to the Dimona nuclear facility for May 18.

  • May 15, 1961

    Director of the Office of Near Eastern Affairs Robert C. Strong to Armin H. Meyer, 'Suggested Points to be Made to U.S. Scientists, Dr. Staebler and Dr. Croach, at the Meeting at 2:30 p.m., May 15'

    Instructions for the two US observers visiting the Israeli nuclear facility at Dimona.

  • May 16, 1961

    Special Assistant to the Secretary of State for Atomic Energy and Outer Space Philip J. Farley, Memorandum of Conversation, 'Israeli Atomic Energy Program'

    Farley reports on a conversation with Mordechai Gazit regarding the American visit to Dimona and the purposes of the visit.

  • May 18, 1961

    Memorandum, by L.D. Battle, Executive Secretary, to McGeorge Bundy, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 'American Scientists’ Visit to Israel’s Dimona Reactor'

    President Kennedy told the new US ambassador to Israel, Walworth Barbour, that he was concerned about Israel’s insistence on a secret visit as well as the "absence of a 'neutral' scientist" in the visit to Dimona. The State Department took the position that it was better to put up with Ben-Gurion’s "sensitivities" about secrecy than "have no visit" at all