PM pushes back against pressure to rescind settlement plans

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pushed back Monday against intense international pressure to reconsider plans to build 3,000 housing units and go ahead with planning the controversial E1 site, with sources in his office saying no one should expect Israel to sit on its hands in light of Palestinian unilateral steps at the UN.
As one European country after the next called in Israel's ambassador to protest the settlement plans, a source in the PMO issued a statement saying that Israel would "continue to stand up for its vital interests even in the face of international pressure."