When Egypt submitted its proposal to the UN Security Council Wednesday evening condemning Israel for building in Judea and Samaria, eyebrows were not raised in Jerusalem. The Israeli delegation to the UN has long prepared for such a proposal and estimates that it has a good chance of passing, due to the fact that a majority of the Security Council is hostile towards Israel. However, the final approval of the proposal, which will be tabled for vote at 10 PM Israel time on Thursday,

is dependent on whether the US uses its veto power. It is, as yet, unclear how the Americans will act in this case since their ambassador to the UN has not received a directive from President Obama concerning this issue, as Obama is presently on vacation. The proposal was submitted by Egypt, but it was prepared by the Palestinians, who cannot submit a proposal of their own. READ MORE