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19/10/03 Mossad and JFK assassination By Peter Edel


From: "Israel Shamir" <shamir@home.se>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2003 23:51:11 +0200
Subject: [shamireaders] Mossad and JFK assassination
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Today we offer you a truly frightening piece by Peter Edel, the brave Dutch journalist and a friend of Palestine, on connection between Mossad, CIA, gangs of assassins and anticommunism. This piece reminds us of the well known article by Winston Churchill (recently re-published by Lenni Brenner) about 'communism and Zionism fight for the soul of Jewry'. We appended to it another story on the same subject: Mossad's involvement with assassination of President Kennedy.

PRINCE BERNHARD’S POSITION IN THE ANTI COMMUNIST NETWORK, CONCERNING THE DEATH OF JFK

SYNOPSIS OF ‘DE MOORDVRIENDEN’ © PETER EDEL 1998.

The original title De Moordvrienden doesn’t make much sense translated into English. The literal translation would be something like The Murder Friends. In The Netherlands people are using the expression ‘Moordvrienden’ to describe the relationship between two real good friends. An alternative English title could be something like: Birds of a deadly feather, but this matter still remains to be seen.

De Moordvrienden opens with the development, during and after WWII, of a right wing network, using anticommunism as an argument for involvement in all kind of politcal subversion and criminal affairs. Considering this it’s not so strange that organised crime joined the anticommunist network already during the war. The structure of the anticommunist network is illustrated in De Moordvrienden by the friendly relationship between his Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, the husband of the former Dutch Queen Her Royal Highness Princess Juliana and the Hungarian born banker/Mossad agent Tibor Rosenbaum. The intention of De Moordvrienden is to consider the friendship between these two men and their role in the anticommunist network, in relation to one of the most important events in modern history: the assassination of the American president John F.Kennedy. A short summary of De Moordvrienden follows below.

In the early thirties, the SA and SS member Prince Bernhard, began to work for NW 7, the industrial espionage department of IG Farben. This chemical manufacturing company earned an infamous reputation in history because it financed the nazi party’s rise to power. Bernhard’s employer was looking for a way to gain influence on the highest level in the Netherlands. At that point the management of IG Farben knew the Dutch royal family was looking for someone to mary crownprincess Juliana. Bernhard appeared as the ideal candidate for this marriage and was pushed forward as such by IG Farben. The Dutch government considered itself very lucky to find such an ideal person to marry the crownprincess. Bernhard had an ideal background and was not bad looking either. At the same time the Dutch government never realised that they invited a ‘trojan horse’, because at that point Bernhard was nothing else than an IG Farben mole. Officially Bernhard terminated his duties for IG Farben when he married to Juana, but there is wide evidence that the prince stayed loyal to his former employer and to the companies the German chemical manufacturer was associated with, like the American Standard Oil from the Rockefeller family. His loyalty towards IG Farben remained when the occupation of the Netherlands by nazi Germany began.

During most of the war Bernhard stayed in London, where he got associated with a cooperation between British, Dutch and German intelligence organisations, known as the ‘Englandspiel’. The intention of this covert operation was to round up communist and other leftish resistance groups in the Netherlands in a collective effort between these agencies. The Englandspiel clearly shows that circles in London were more afraid of communism, than of national socialism. On the background of the Englandspiel were the interests of both German and American multinationals, especially those of IG Farben and Standard Oil. National Socialism was seen there as the most effective protection against Soviet communism. Under these conditions there was readiness in both the UK and the USA to come to terms with the nazi’s. Bernhard played a key role in the negociations to come to a reconsilation between the nazi’s and the Anglosaxon estabishment. In his perception the pre-war conditions in the Netherlands and the st of Europe, would not return in case a deal with the Germans would be reached. The prince hated democracy and wanted to rule by himself; in other words he wanted the full power. To reach this, Bernhard was prepared to join any possible alliance. He even wrote a letter to the nazi’s in which he proposed to rule over the Netherlands on their behalf. But in the same period Bernhard also got introduced to representatives of the American intelligence community and the military industrial complex, two grop overlapping each other in all kind of ways. The contacts with both the former nazi network and the Anglosaxon estabishment would be very important in the later life of the prince.

After the war the alliance aganinst communism took care of it that the image of national socialism, as being the main threat to humanity, was immediately replaced by the threat of Soviet communism. Consequently the Cold War was born. Under these conditions the persecution of war criminals had no high priority. Many of the former nazi’s got their old jobs back as a result of this. The cooperation, that had started during the war between Anglsaxon establishment and the structures that were left behind by the nazi’s, continued in the post-war period. For instance: the Americans took over the ‘Abwehr’ spy network that was build up during the war by the nazi Reinhard Gehlen. And under ‘Operation Paperclip’ many nazi were offered the possibilty to escape to the American continent.

Bernhard did everything to widen his influence in the post war period. He was asked by a fromer IG Farben superiorto become a representative for the Lockheed company, from which he took lots of bribes. In 1954 he became the president of the Bilderberg meetings, in which the cooperation between the anglosaxon and former nazi network was strongly represented. This way the Bilderbergers became one of the main strongholds against communism in Europe and the USA. In 1976 evidence appeared that Bernhard had taken bribes from Lockheed. Under pressure caused by this development he had to give up many of his public functions. He was also forced to resign as president of the Bilderbergmeetings. But the prince kept being associated with the highest circles, since he had created an alternative for Bilderberg. In the beginning of the seventies he had founded the 1001 club, a society of financers of the World Wildlife fund. The international elite was widely represented here, just like it was in the Bilderbergers. It was ithe 1001 club where the other key figure in De Moordvrienden, Tibor Rosenbaum, appeared for the first time in relation to Prince Bernhard.

Tibor Rosenbaum was born in Hungary. His parents were religious jews who made their son become a Rabbi. During the war Rosenbaum was strongly associated with zionist organisations, like the ‘Relief and Rescue committee’ from dr. Rudolf Kastner. At the last stage of the war Kastner made deals with the nazi Adolf Eichmann, who made it possible that a small number of prominent zionist jews from Hungary could travel to Palestine. In exchange for this Kastner assisted the nazi’s with the deporatation of the majority of Hungarian jews to the death camps. After the war Rosenbaum remained being influenced by zionism. He travelled to Israel where he came to live in a kibbutz. But he couldn’t get used there to the collective atmosphere there which made him leave Israel shortly after. Subcequently Rosenbaum came to Switserland, where he kept defending zionist interests. He became president of the Jewish Agency and the ‘World Zionist Organisation’. In this period Rosenbaum became very importt for Israel, because he worked for the ‘Israel Corporation’, a fundraising institution that financed the advancement of Israel. This position made him very popular in the jewish state. In the late fifties Rosenbaum founded the ‘Banque du Crédit International’ (BCI). In reality this meant that he became a Mossad agent, because it was through this bank that operations of the Mossad were financed.

In the mean time Tibor Rosenbaum had started a friendly relationship with Prince Bernhard. This friendship can’t be considered separat from zionism becoming a partner in the anticommunist network shortly after the creation of Israel. Although it was national socialims that had killed more than five million jews during the war, it was Soviet communism being seen by the zionists as the main threat from now on. A cooperation between zionists and the existing anti communist network followed as result. While Bernhard could be seen as an important reprentative of the Aglosaxon/nazi component in this structure, Rosenbaum appeared as such in relation to zionism.

Rosenbaum lost his popularity in Israel when his involvement was discovered in illegal speculation with funds from the Israel Corporation. This event would eventually mean the end of Rosenbaum’s BCI. Prince Bernhard tried to protect his friend Rosenbaum from going bankrupt. In an attempt to solve the financial problem of the BCI he sold the castle ‘Warmelo’ to another company from his Hungarian born friend. He did this for an outrageous low price. But the sale of the castle had very little result, since the BCI was going bankrupt anyway. Subcequently Bernhard saw his castle disappear in the BCI bankruptcy. This caused an enormous problem for Bernhard, since the castle was not completely his. Anyway, the prince needed money suddenly at that point. And he needed it fast, which made him beg for money at the companies that bribed him before. The notes he send to the Lockheed company with requests for more money, later formed the essential evidence that the prince had been ‘on the take’.

Before Rosenbaum was unmasked as a fraud, he had gained some popularity with his BCI. Many account holders had ties with the jewish state, which was not so strange since rosenbaum’s bank could be seen as Mossad bank. At the same time the BCI was actively involved in laudering money from the criminal empire of Meyer Lansky. Like Rosenbaum, Lansky was a fierce supporter of the state of Israel. In return for his financial contributions he received protection form the Mossad. The revenues of Lansky’s criminal practices were partly laundered through Bernie Cornfields ‘Investors Overseas Services’ (IOS), in those days a very poular investment company. Rosenbaum appeared as the financial wizard in the background of IOS. Later an enormous financial scandal was caused when IOS was taken over violently by the American criminal Robert Vesco. Like Rosenbaum Vesco was acquainted to Prince Bernhard.

The BCI form Prince Bernhard’s friend Tibor Rosenbaum is mentioned frequently as financer of the Italian/Canadian/American Permindex company. It is at this point where De Moordvrienden takes a step in the direction of the Kennedy assassination. Permindex appears as the link between the anticommunist network, in which Prince Bernhard has manifested himself so prominently, and the theories concerning the fatal shots that were fired on Kennedy on 22 november 1963.

In 1967 Permindex board member Clay Shaw was arrested for involvement in a conspiracy against Kennedy, by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison. Prior to the Kennedy assassination Shaw was seen together with Lee Harvey Oswald. Killing the American president was the topic of a conversation where both Shaw and Oswald were present. For Garrison this was enough reason to put Shaw under investigation. He discovered that Shaw had been performing assignments for the CIA. In 1967, however, Jim Garrison couldn’t proove that Shaw was working for the ‘Agency’. This is why Shaw was declared innocent by court eventually, as can be seen in Oliver Stone’s movie JFK. But although Shaw couldn’t be proved guilty, Garrison was able to gather a lot of information on the structure of Permindex and the anticommunist network this company was connected to. Permindex appears in Garrison’s research, as an organisation specialised in political assassinations. Some researchers have paid attention to Peindex in the mean time. Each time this company has been specifically placed in the perspective of the research these people were working on. This way Permindex has been called a front for the CIA, an organisation of former nazi’s, or a ‘Murder inc’ financed by organised crime and the Mossad. These conclusions are all more or less tru, but still the essence of Permindex has never been reached this way. De Moordvrienden approaches this matter differently. For the first time Permindex comes forad as a collective initiative, by the groups represented in the anticommunist network that wanted Kennedy out of the way.

Permindex was founded in the fifties by the Hungarian Ferenc Nagy, who served earlier as a minister in the pro-nazi government of Horty in Hungary during WWII. The communist takeover in his home country turned Nagy into a fierce supporter of anticommunism. Other board members of Permindex had strong affiliations with segments of the anticommunist network as well. Take for instance Major Bloomfield, who was president of the Permindex branche in Montreal. Bloomfield had previously worked for the secret British sabotage organisation ‘Standard Operations Executive’(SOE). During the war SOE cooperated with the predecessor of the CIA, the OSS. Shortly after the war the SOE structures assisted in the development of Israeli intelligence. Like Rosenbaum, Bloomfield was a member of Prince Bernhards 1001 club and had warm feelings towards Israel. Together with Clay Shaw, Bloomfield represented the Anglosaxon intelligence agencies within Permindex, like the CIA. There was reason enough for the CIA to be upset bKennedy, after the ‘bay of pigs’ fiasco. This invasion of Cuba, that was organised by the CIA, was a complete faillure. The CIA and anti-Castro Cubans had to beg Kennedy for military assistance, but he didn’t gave in to that request, because he feared escalation of the conflict with the Soviet Union. As a result of the ‘Bay of Pigs’ fiasco, Allen Dulles and his CIA felt betrayed by Kennedy. Prince Bernhard was very close with CIA icons like Dulles. They were among the circles he go ntroduced to during the war. In 1954 Allen Dulles was one of the founding members of the Bilderbergmeetings.

But it was not only the CIA that couldn’t stand Kennedy, since he also declared war on organised crime. This was reason enough for the ‘National Crime Syndicat’ to have a contract on him. The absolute leader of the National Crime Syndicat was Meyer Lansky, who was mentioned before because of his relation with Tibor Rosenbaum and the Mossad. Through Rosenbaum, Lansky comes forward as one of the dark forces behind Permindex. Lansky hated Kennedy, to start with because of the antisemitism of the American President’s father Joseph. From John F. Kennedy Lansky expected nothing else than hate of jews. Lansky was wrong, because Kennedy didn’t share his fathers antisemitism. But Lansky couldn’t explain Kennedy’s war on crime any other way. Besides there was also another reason why Lansky hated Kennedy, whichs also had to do with Israel. During the elections after which Kennedy became president he was strongly supported by the pro Israel lobby in Israel. They gave him money and advic their followers to vote for him. In exchange the pro Israel lobby expected influence in the US policy towards the middle east. After becoming president Kennedy disappointed the pro Israel lobby. Kennedy decided to widen American influence in this region. This meant that not only Israel, but also other countries in the Middle East, would be supported by the USA. And than there was the matter of the nuclear policy of Israel. After becoming president, Kenenedy was informed by his predecessor Eisenhower, thatIrael was working on a nuclear weapon. Kennedy was strongly against this development. He was in favor of the principle of non proliferation and was afraid that an Israli nuclear force would complicate arms negotiations with the Soviet Union. That’s why he started putting pressure on Israel’s prime minister Ben Goerion, to allow inspection of the nuclear facilities of Israel at Dimona in the Negev desert. When Israel kept refusing this, Isaeli/American relations went downhill. Kennedy was seen at hetime as a main obstacle to Israeli security. His death worked out as a solution for the zionist elite concerning the Israeli nuclear ambitions, since Lyndon B.Johnson never askd any questions about this. This was all together reason enough for the zionist lobby in the US to enter the alliance against Kennedy. In day-to-day routine this came down to a zionist/Mossad involvement in Permindex, such as through the financing of Rosenbaum’s BCI.

A key figure in the board of directors of Permindex was the lawyer Roy Cohn, who was probably the most fierce anticommunist in the crowd connected to this company. In the early days of his career Cohn worked for the law company of CIA director Allen Dulles. Some time later he was the prosecutor in the trial against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Their death sentence was seen by Cohn as a big success. Cohn, who was attached to the ‘American Jewish league against communism’, also was a member of the McCarty Committee, that destroyed the lives of many innocent American citizens by accusing them of having communist sympathies.

In Permindex Cohn was the connection between several groups having something against Kennedy. Through his association with mafia hoods like Joseph Bonano (another Permindex board member) he represented organised crime within Permindex. But Cohn was also the connection between Permindex and the Hunts family, the rich oilers from Texas, whos were angry with Kennedy, because he cut their tax benifits. Cohn was also very close with J.Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI, who saw Kennedy as his main enemy. Hoover was on the point of being fired, like Kennedy did with Allen Dulles. The death of Kennedy made Hoover remaining his position as FBI director.

Other Permindex board members like Clay Shaw and Louis Mortimer Bloomfield peviously had worked for the secret FBI department ‘Division Five’. ‘Pastsy’ Lee Harvey Oswald also worked for Division Five, which became infamous for it’s ‘Cointelpro’, a program aimed at criminalising leftish organisations and black moslim groups. The assassination of Kennedy can be seen as an operation being part of Cointelpro, because criminalising communism was one of the objectives of killing the American president. All the groups involved in this event agreed on this point. After Kennedy got killed a disinformation program started in which the blame was put on (Soviet) communism. In this Oswald appeared as a communist, while in fact he had more contacts in the direction of the far right.

During Cointelpro the Divison Five department of the FBI cooperated with the anti Defamation league of B’nai B’rith (ADL), an organisation representing the interests of Israel in, among other countries, the USA. In its relation with the jewish state, ADL is often mentioned in relation to the Mossad, which on itself was connected in those years by people like CIA agent James Jezus Angleton.

This synopsis gives an impression of the headlines being described in De Moordvrienden, because it is impossible to summarize all the topics being decribed here in just a few pages. Some of the other topics that can’t be described here in full lenght are:

  • the interests of the weapon industry in the assassination of Kennedy.
  • Defense Industry Security Command.
  • the interests of Prince Bernhard’s former employer IG Farben, in the nuclear (weapon) industry.
  • the intended visit from Kennedy to Indonesia and the interests of Prince Bernhard’s Bilderbergers in this former Dutch colony.
  • the attempt of Prince Bernhard to have Queen Juliana locked up in a mental hospital, through the so-called ‘Greet Hofmans affair’.
  • the assassinations of Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, ANC leader Chris Hani, the Maroccan opposition leader Benn Barka and the Italian energy minister Enrico Mattei.
  • the coalation between the Mossad, the CIA, the French secret service and the Organisation Armee Secret behind the assaults on De Gaulle.
  • the drugstrade of the Nixon family.
  • the relations between the Lockheed and Watergate scandals.
  • the relation between Oswald ‘babysitter’ George de Mohrenschildt and the Dutch journalist Willem Oltmans.
  • the Valachi papers.
  • the Souvereign and military Order of Malta
  • Christine Keeler and Soviet espionage.
  • the involvement of nazi scientist Werner von Braun in permindex.
  • the connection between legal casino’s in the Neherlands and the Meyer Lansky criminal empire.
  • Intertel and the inheritance of Permindex.

De Moordvrienden concludes by stating that Kennedy was not killed by one person, or one group of persons. Instead this American President was assassinated by an international network, representing several anti communist groups, pointing in the direction of Anglosaxon intelligence agencies, zionist organisations and structures left behind by nazi’s and other far right European circles.

It remains a question how much knowledge Prince Bernhard had of Kennedy’s death. In those days he certainly had a prominent position in the anti communist network, that became so manifest in the theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination. Besides that the prince has been in contact with numerous people that came forward in the investigation of New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison, not only in the direction of the Anglosaxon agencies, but towards zionist organisations as well. But De Moordvrienden also shows that the prince had much to gain from the death of Kennedy, especialliy when it came to the interests of his buddies in the military industrial complex and Bilderberg.

So, allthough his name is never mentioned before by researchers of the Kennedy assassination, according to De Moordvrienden, there is reason enough to associate Bernhard with the death of John F. Kennedy. Because much of his illegal practices are of course being covered by his royal appearance, we are left with several possibilities. In the first place it’s centainly possible that Prince Bernhard still has some secret knowledge concerning the Kennedy assassination. It’s even possible that he had some kind of role in this event, like his friends Rosenbaum and Dulles did. Another possibility is that he played a role in this without having knowdledge of it himself and that he was used on the basis of the ‘need-to-know’ principle, by regions above him. The chance that this happened doesn’t seem to be large, but it’s a possibility, since Bernhard was ‘sacrificed’ later on through the lockheed scandal, which was attached on itself to the downfall of Rosenbaum’s BCI. But all cases the name of Prince Bernhard should be put on the list of people, who together form the landscape surrounding the Kennedy assassination. This is the main point De moordvrienden wants to make.

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The Missing Link In The JFK Assassination Conspiracy

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More Evidence Mossad Killed JFK Over Israeli Nukes

The Missing Link In The JFK Assassination Conspiracy

(Note - The second item below is a letter from JFK to Israeli

Prime Minister Eshkol which makes it crystal clear JFK did NOT want the

Jewish state to develop nuclear weapons and that he was demanding regular US inspections of the Dimona Nuclear facility...which, as we now know, was/is used to develop Israel's enormous inventory of atomic and thermonuclear weapons. The US Air Force white paper regarding past and ongoing Israeli thermonuclear blackmail of the US is a stunning look at how Zionism has exerted such staggering domination over the US for decades. -ed)

After reading: "New JFK Assassination Theory" from WND, it is obvious that it is just more dis-information diverting attention away from the more than likely perpetrators, the Mossad.

It's only fair to remind or inform your readers of the theory posed by Michael Collins Piper in 'Final Judgment'. His theory makes more sense than anything.

 

Final Judgement Reviewed by Mark Braver

There seems to be a lot of misperception of what Final Judgment does and does not say about the JFK assassination. The book does not say that "the Jews killed JFK." That's horse manure.

What the book does say is that: When New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison charged businessman Clay Shaw with participation in the JFK assassination conspiracy Garrison stumbled upon the Israeli Mossad connection to the murder of President Kennedy. Shaw served on the board of a shadowy corporation known as Permindex. A primary shareholder in Permindex was the Banque De Credit International of Geneva, founded by Tibor Rosenbaum, an arms procurer and financier for the Mossad.

What's more, the Mossad-sponsored Swiss bank was the chief "money laundry" for Meyer Lansky, the head of the international crime syndicate and an Israeli loyalist whose operations meshed closely on many fronts with the American CIA.

The chairman of Permindex was Louis M. Bloomfield of Montreal, a key figure in the Israeli lobby and an operative of the Bronfman family of Canada, long-time Lansky associates and among Israel's primary international patrons.

In the pages of "Final Judgment" the Israeli connection to the JFK assassination is explored in frightening--and fully documented--detail. For example, did you know:

  • That JFK was engaged in a bitter secret conflict with Israel over U.S. East policy and that Israel's prime minister resigned in disgust, saying JFK's stance threatened Israel's very survival?
  • That JFK's successor, Lyndon Johnson, immediately reversed America's policy toward Israel?
  • That the top Mafia figures often alleged to be behind the JFK assassination were only front men for Meyer Lansky?
  • That the CIA's liaison to the Mossad, James Angleton, was a prime mover behind the cover-up of the JFK assassination?

Why didn't Oliver Stone, in his famous movie "JFK" not mention any of this? It turns out the chief financial backer of Stone's film was longtime Mossad figure, Arnon Milchan, Israel's biggest arms dealer.

The very fact that the Israeli lobby has gone through such great lengths to try to smear Michael Collins Piper and to try to discredit Final Judgment gives the book great credibility. If the book was really so silly or so unconvincing, it doesn't seem likely that groups such as the Anti-Defamation League would go out of their way to try to suppress the book as they have.

The fact is that Piper demonstrates that Israel did indeed have a very strong motive to want to get JFK out of the way and that numerous people who have been linked in other writings to the JFK conspiracy were (as Piper documents) also in the sphere of influence of Israel's Mossad.

Not only Clay Shaw in New Orleans, but also James Angleton at the CIA, who was Israel's strongest advocate at the CIA and also the CIA's liaison to the Mossad. The Israeli connection is indeed "the missing link in the JFK assassination conspiracy."

The "Reader from Chicago" who wrote the review of Final Judgment posted here is really off the beam and I suspect he (or she) is deliberately distorting what Piper's book does say in order to try to discourage people from reading it.

The fact is that Piper's book documents (quite clearly, in my estimation) not only the means, opportunity and the motive for Israeli Mossad involvement in the assassination (working in conjunction with the CIA), but it is also quite fascinating and very interesting read. "Boring" is the last word I'd use to describe the book, and it is certainly not "poorly written."

What's more, the book is not--I repeat--not "anti-Semitic" and the book has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the subject of the Holocaust. In fact, anybody familiar with any of the standard writings on the JFK assassination will recognize the names of some of the key players in the scenario Piper documents: Clay Shaw, David Ferrie, Guy Banister and James J. Angleton of the CIA--and none of them were Jewish. So where this reviewer gets off saying that Piper finds "a Jew under every rock" is beyond me. I have read literally hundreds of books and magazine articles and other material on the JFK assassination and not in a single one of them--with the exception of Final Judgment--did I ever learn that President John F. Kennedy was trying to stop Israel from building the nuclear bomb and that this literally touched off a "secret war" behind the scenes between JFK and Israel's prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who resigned (among other reasons) in disgust over JFK's policies withsrael. In fact, Israeli historian Avner Cohen in his book, Israel and the Bomb, documents this quite thoroughly.

And in Final Judgment Piper also outlines some interesting Israeli connections by people who have been linked to the JFK assassination and cover-up, including Clay Shaw of New Orleans. Even Israeli journalist Barry Chamish has written in an Internet review of Final Judgment that he finds Piper's Israeli connection (via Shaw and Permindex) quite convincing.

There was a controversy in the Chicago area following an attempt by the Anti-Defamation League (an Israeli lobby organization) and people associated with the ADL to prevent Final Judgment from being placed in the Schaumburg Township District Library. Chances are the Reader from Chicago is probably an ADL representative! --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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JFK's Concern Over Israel's Nuclear Bomb Program

JFK's Letter To Israeli PM Eshkol July 5, 1963

Dear Mr. Prime Minister (Eshkol),

It gives me great personal pleasure to extend congratulations as you assume your responsibilities as Prime Minister of Israel. You have our friendship and best wishes in your new tasks. It is on one of these that I am writing you at this time.

You are aware, I am sure, of the exchange which I had with Prime Minister Ben-Gurion concerning American visits (ie: inspections -ed) to Israel's nuclear facility at Dimona. Most recently, the Prime Minister wrote to me on May 27. His words reflected a most intense personal consideration of a problem that I know is not easy for your Government, as it is not for mine. We welcomed the former Prime Minister's strong reaffirmation that Dimona will be devoted exclusively to peaceful purposes and the reaffirmation also of Israel's willingness to permit periodic visits (ie: inspections -ed) to Dimona.

I regret having to add to your burdens so soon after your assumption of office, but I feel the crucial importance of this problem necessitates my taking up with you at this early date certain further considerations, arising out of Mr. Ben-Gurion's May 27 letter, as to the nature and scheduling of such visits.

I am sure you will agree that these visits should be as nearly as possible in accord with international standards, thereby resolving all doubts as to the peaceful intent of the Dimona project. 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.

Therefore, I asked our scientists to review the alternative schedules of visits we and you had proposed. If Israel's purposes are to be clear beyond reasonable doubt, I believe that the schedule which would best serve our common purposes would be a visit early this summer, another visit in June 1964, and thereafter at intervals of six months. I am sure that such a schedule should not cause you any more difficulty than that which Mr. Ben-Gurion proposed in his May 27 letter. It would be essential, and I understand that Mr. Ben-Gurion's letter was in accord with this, that our scientist have access to all areas of the Dimona site and to any related part of the complex, such as fuel fabrication facilities or plutonium separation plant, and that sufficient time to be allotted for a thorough examination.

Knowing that you fully appreciate the truly vital significance of this matter to the future well-being of Israel, to the United States, and internationally, I am sure our carefully considered request will have your most sympathetic attention.

Sincerely,

John F. Kennedy

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