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  • November 15, 1961

    Letter, Howard Furnas, Office of Special Assistant to Secretary of State for Atomic Energy and Outer Space, to Dwight Ink, Atomic Energy Commission

    Furnas writes about Department of State concerns that Israel may pursue a nuclear weapons program once the Dimona reactor is in operation.

  • 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 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.