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  • February 02, 1961

    Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs to Secretary of State, 'President’s Suggestion re: Israeli Reactor'

    Concerned about a recent visit to Cairo by Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Semenov and the possibility that the Soviets might exploit Egyptian concerns over Dimona, President Kennedy pressed State to arrange an inspection visit at Dimona by a US scientist.

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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."