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In a 61-43 vote, the Inernational Atomic Energy Agency General Assembly on Thursday defeated a proposal submitted by Egypt and supported by Syria, Iran, Libya, and Iraq to force inspections on Israel's nuclear reactor in Dimona.
Israel had been working closely with the US and other Western allies behind the scenes in order to reach a majority that would block the proposal.
The Foreign Ministry sent envoys to a number of countries on several continents in order to convince them to oppose the two resolutions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also acting foreign minister, held talks with several leaders and foreign ministers, and asked them to oppose the motion.
The head of Israel's Atomic Energy Committee, Ze'ev Snir, spoke before the committee yesterday and condemned the Arab group over its attempt to single out Israel. Snir warned that "if the resolution passes, it will only hurt the credibility of the IAEA by politicizing the organization and reducing its valuable resources."