Egypt accuses Israel of 'chutzpah' in nuclear meet

Date: 9/22/2010

VIENNA – Egypt has accused Israel of "chutzpah" – blatant shamelessness – in unusually harsh comments at a 151–nation meeting on the issue of a nuclear–free Mideast.

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 program to the U.N. watchdog's perusal.

The Egyptians issued the statement Wednesday after Israel accused Egypt of unfairly singling out the Jewish state while ignoring its own commitments to the IAEA.

Egypt in turn characterized the Israel comments as "demonstrating the full meaning of the world chutzpah" – a Hebrew world for blatant shamelessness.

The conference votes this week on an Arab–sponsored resolution urging Israel to open its nuclear activities to inspection.


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