Arab League upset at plan to boost EU-Israel ties

The Arab League's chief said he is dismayed by the European Union's plans to strengthen its relations with Israel. Amr Moussa said the European Union must adopt an "honest" position and immediately oppose Israel's policy of building settlements, instead of rewarding it with preferential treatment. Moussa said that others in the Arab World are also astonished and dismayed by the EU plan, which would encompass political, economic, scientific, security, health and other spheres. The Czech Republic takes over the EU rotating presidency in January. It said earlier this month it was keen to boost ties between the EU and Israel. Moussa spoke Wednesday at a Vienna conference aimed at promoting dialogue between Europe and the Arab world.