Concerned that Israel might be trying to attain nuclear capability, the U.S., in the mid-1960s, insisted on regular visits to Dimona. The visiting experts came away reassured of Israel’s intentions, but not everyone in the U.S. government was convinced.
Dr. Avner Cohen is Professor of Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) and a Global Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC where he is editor of the Digital Archive's 1967 War Collection. https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/the-1967-six-day-war. He is the author of among other books Israel and the Bomb (Columbia University Press, 1998) and The Worst Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb (Columbia University Press, 2010).
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