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Israel to Sign Contract for Construction of an Atomic Reactor

July 17, 1956
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The Israel Atomic Energy Commission is preparing to sign a contract for the construction of an atomic reactor for nuclear research, it was announced here today by Prof. Ernst Bergmann, chairman of the commission, a scientist attached to the Weizmann Institute. Prof. Bergmann has achieved notable progress in the development of processes for the production of uranium and heavy water.

Israel has been advised to acquire a small electricity-producing atomic reactor of a type now being developed in the United States. The advice came from Prof. J. Weil, dean of the Engineering College of the University of Florida. He said that such a reactor is available at a cost of $2,000,000 and would enable Israel to start practical engineering research at once. He believes that sufficient uranium could be recovered from Negev phosphates to operate such a reactor in Israel.

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