Vienna: Egypt accused Israel on Wednesday of
displaying "chutzpah" - blatant shamelessness - in unusually
harsh comments at a 151-nation meeting on the issue of a
The remarks at the International Atomic Energy
Agency`s general conference reflect the bitterness dividing
Arab nations and Israel and its supporters over whether Israel
should open up its nuclear programme to the UN watchdog`s
The Egyptians issued the statement today after Israel
accused Egypt of unfairly singling out the Jewish state while
ignoring its own commitments to the IAEA.
Egyptian delegate Aly Omar Sirry characterised those
comments as "demonstrating the full meaning of the world
chutzpah" - a Hebrew world for blatant shamelessness.
Israel is commonly considered to be the only Mideast
nation with nuclear weapons.
The conference votes this week on an Arab-sponsored
resolution urging Israel to open its nuclear activities to