Americans Visit Dimona


Document 1. This 2-page memorandum of conversation, dated 13 August 1969, details a discussion between representative of the Atomic Energy Commission and the State Department regarding the last American visit in Dimona in July 1969 and the future of those visits. The document clearly depicts the sense of frustration of the members of the visiting team about the visit guidelines. The team draws the inference after the visit that "the US government is not prepared to support a real 'inspection' effort." They were right. These visits ended due to new American-Israeli understanding that was framed in the meeting between President Richard Nixon and Prime Minister Golda Meir.

Source: United States National Archives
For more information: Israel and the Bomb, 329-333.

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