JFK, Israel at Odds Over Nukes
November 17, 2013(left, Israeli nuclear weapons facility at Dimona)
There was a was a secret back-channel confrontation
between Kennedy and Israeli PM Ben Gurion that came
to a head in 1963.
by Richard Evans
I was nine years old when Kennedy was assassinated. School was suspended for a week so we could stay home and watch the drama unfurl on CBS television .
My grandfather told me it was a conspiracy; and if I lived 50 years, I'd be told the true facts.
What my grandfather didn't know (because it wasn't in the newspapers) was a secret back-channel confrontation between Kennedy and Israeli PM Ben Gurion that came to a head in 1963. It started in December 1960 when US intelligence informed the White House that the Israelis were building a nuclear facility at Dimona, Israel.
Construction at Dimona began in 1958, and the delay in informing the White House is considered one of those 'intelligence community blunders'. I'll leave it to readers to process why it was presented to the Eisenhower White House one week after the 1960 election. Eisenhower merely passed it on for the new Administration to deal with. Kennedy was informed ten days after he took office in January 1961. .
Kennedy and Secretary of State Dean Rusk summoned the Israeli ambassador to arrange an inspection of the Dimona facility. The ambassador agreed - "if it is done on a secret basis."
(JFK the last President to confront Israel)
Ben Gurion was embroiled in a domestic political crisis (the Lavon Affair  ), so as a courtesy Kennedy agreed to wait for an inspection.
An inspection was carried out in May 1961, reporting to the President that they found the facility "within the scope of peaceful character". The tensions relaxed for two years.
Kennedy, however, expected the inspections to be ongoing. Ben Gurion stepped down in 1963 appointing a new Prime Minister, Levi Eshkol. Kennedy took the occasion to write a polite diplomatic letter to Eshkol, and asked for date for another inspection of of the Dimona facility "within six months", to be followed with regular inspections every six months. And he added the following ultimatum,
"As I wrote Mr. Ben-Gurion, this Government's commitment to and support of Israel could be seriously jeopardized if it should be thought that we were unable to obtain reliable information on a subject as vital to the peace as the question of Israel's effort in the nuclear field."
There were no nuclear proliferation treaties in those days, so Kennedy was informing the Israeli government that US direct aid and more important trade agreements were now on the table.
Kennedy was still waiting for the Israelis to agree to another inspection when he left politics suddenly on November 22nd, 1963.
Beyond circumstances, there's no evidence directly fingering Ben Gurion or Eckhol, or MOSSAD in the assassination. It's just a damn good motive. No American President ever made such an ultimatum to the Israeli government again.
Like my grandfather said, though - any of the powerful enemies Kennedy enraged between 1961 and 1963 would have had to 'wait in line'. Kennedy didn't play ball with any of them.
May 18, 1963 - Letter from President Kennedy to Ben-Gurion -
 1961 NSA. document "Implications of the Acquisition by Israel of a Nuclear Weapons Capability."
 The Lavon Affair: Israeli False Flag Operation
Israel and the Bomb by Avner Cohen
Kennedy, Ben-Gurion and the Dimona Project 1962-1963
fitz2.doc A JFK- Profile in Courage by Toomas Trei
First Comment from Andrew:
JFK's opposition to the Israeli nuclear facility at Dimona was only one of the reasons he was assassinated. Without America's support, Israel could not have launched the Six Day War in 1967 which doubled the sized of Israel and tripled its water reserves from the Golan Heights. Israel was almost out of water in 1963.
Consider, on top of the Israeli issues, the scripted events in Southeast Asia for the Vietnam War and the takeover of the opium fields of the Golden Triangle. The Federal Reserve needed an expensive Vietnam War to sink America back into debt and the International Bankers needed the additional Opium to maintain control of the international heroin business which was managed shamefully by our CIA.
Robert Kennedy as Attorney General vigorously prosecuted organized crime and particularly drug traffickers and money launderers without which and whom the drugs could not flow into the USA. In a nutshell Jack Kennedy blocked the build-up of troops in Vietnam and Bobby Kennedy blocked the criminal drug profits which would have interfered with the launching of the Drug Revolution in the later 1960s.
The Kennedy Bros. were popular and working for the best interests of America but to the detriment of the bankers and Military Industrial Complex. And that is why they both died.
Edward Curtin supports at length much of what I say above in his article: JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters
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