Egypt Envoy to IAEA: Israel's Stand on Nukes Is a 'Chutzpah'

Israel criticized at IAEA conference for its refusal to sign non-proliferation treaty; continues efforts to prevent condemnation.

Egypt called Israel's position on nuclear weapons "chutzpah" at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) general conference on Wednesday, taking place in Vienna.

IAEA- AP- Sept. 20, 2010

Egypt's representative, Ali Omar Sirry, responded to the speech of Israel's representative to the conference by using the Hebrew word, commonly used in English, meaning "shamelessness."

Israel's delegate to the IAEA conference, Dr. Shaul Horev, presented Israel's nuclear policy and explained its refusal to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which aims to limit the spread of nuclear weapons. Horev criticized Egypt for attacking Israel, and mentioned the fact that Egypt has not yet approved the African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty.

In response, Sirry said that Israel's remarks demonstrate the full meaning of the word "chutzpah".

According to Sirry, Egypt is making real efforts to create a nuclear-free Middle-East, while Israel's attempts are merely "lip service".

The IAEA conference is expected to discuss on Thursday the Egyptian proposal to condemn Israel for refusing to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty. The Egyptian proposal also mentions Israel's nuclear reactor facility in Dimona, and requests that international inspectors be able to access to it.

Israel is trying, with the help of the United States and other western countries, to prevent the approval of the Egyptian proposal.