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  • 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 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 30, 1962

    Cable from Israeli Foreign Ministry, Jerusalem (Lvavi), to Israeli Embassy, Moscow

    Israeli officials discuss the Cuban Missile Crisis (U.S. blockade of Soviet ships) and say that "Israel’s influence in the current circumstances was limited. Nevertheless, Israel would do whatever it can as a U.N. member to encourage negotiations and avoid military confrontation."

  • November 01, 1962

    Telegram from Israeli Embassy in Havana (Prato), to Israeli Foreign Ministry, Jerusalem

    Prato and Pinto discuss Brazilian efforts to pursuade Cuba to accept inspectors as well as what a potential U.S. attack would mean for diplomatic relations in the region.

  • November 07, 1962

    Letter from Arie Meyron, Counselor, the Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, to the Head of the Latin American Desk at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, 'Brazil-Cuba'

    A letter from Arie Meyron, a Counselor at the Embassy in Rio de Janeiro, to the Head of the Latin American Desk at the Israeli Foreign Ministry about Cuba-Brazil relations and about Brazil's proposal to the Organization of American States (OAS) to create a nuclear-free zone in Latin America.

  • November 13, 1962

    Memorandum from South African Department of Foreign Affairs to Embassies in London, Washington, Ottawa, Canberra and Vienna on the Sale of Uranium to Israel

    Memorandum informing various embassies of the status of South Africa's sale of uranium to Israel, including the terms and safeguards which specified that the uranium should be "used for peaceful purposes only."

  • November 16, 1962

    Israeli Foreign Ministry, Jerusalem, to Israeli Embassy, Havana

    Israeli Ambassador to Brazil Arie] Eshel sent a telegram from Rio about Brazil's efforts to mediate the Cuban crisis, as well as Brazil's attempt to pass a resolution at the Security Council declaring Latin America, Africa and the Middle East nuclear free zones but that they were unable to do so due to French opposition.

  • November 28, 1962

    Telegram from Israeli Embassy, Moscow (Tekoah), to Israeli Foreign Ministry, Jerusalem

    A British Naval attache tells the Israeli Embassy that at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the US was making preparations to conquer the island of Cuba and, by his assessment, the Soviet Union would not have responded.

  • December 21, 1962

    Cable from US Desk, Israeli Foreign Ministry, to Israeli Embassy, Washington

    A description of President Kennedy's visit to Brazil on 17 December and his explanation of the implicaitons of the Cuban Missile Crisis on Brazilian foriegn policy.

  • December 27, 1962

    Rodger P. Davies to Phillips Talbot, 'Second Inspection of Israel's Dimona Reactor'

    Summary of second US inspection of Dimona. Although inspectors "were taken to Dimona without advance notification, [and] they had spent only a short time there," they felt that "the visit was satisfacotry in that the AEC technicians could confirm that the reactor is not a power reactor but rather a large research reactor.

  • April 05, 1963

    Memorandum of Telephone Conversation Between the Assistant Secretary State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs Talbot and the President's Deputy Special Counsel Feldman

    President Kennedy and Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Shimon Peres discussed the possibility of UAR intervention in Jordan. Peres stated that "the UAR is the only Arab country that Israel really fears."

  • June 23, 1963

    National Intelligence Estimate NIE 4-63, 'Likelihood and Consequences of a Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Systems'

    This NIE comes to the general conclusions that “there will not be a widespread proliferation of nuclear weapons over the next 10 years” and discusses programs in various countries (Israel, China, Sweden, India, West Germany, Japan, etc.) This copy includes newly declassified references to the Israeli nuclear weapons program, including the conclusion that “the Israelis, unless deterred by outside pressure, will attempt to produce a nuclear weapon some time in the next several years.”

  • January 08, 1964

    Cable from the US Embassy in France to the Department of State

    This telegram, sent through the special “Roger channel” used for intelligence subjects, refers to an earlier embassy message, number 2319, dated November 12, 1963, which has yet to be found at the US at the National Archives. That telegram may refer to French actions to halt the supply of uranium to Israel which were alluded to indirectly in this message. Jacques Martin, a French Foreign Ministry expert on nuclear matters, told US embassy officials that the Israelis, who had refused to sign an agreement to purchase uranium exclusively from France, were looking for other sources, most likely Belgium and Argentina.