The European Union recently decided to improve their relationship with Israel, despite disagreement by the Palestinian Authority and Egypt. The new relationship includes a first-ever meeting between Israel’s prime minister and all the leaders of the EU member states, which will take place in Brussels. As well, the EU ministers decided to put aside a proposal for the peace process that was to take place this year, as requested by Israel. The EU has been debating relations with Israel for 18 months, and throughout has received negative pressure from Arab countries. The Arabs argued that the EU-Israel relationship should be dependent on the Israelis stopping the expansion of settlements in disputed territories. Recently, interim Prime Minister Tzipi Livni conducted meetings with EU foreign ministers to try to exert pressure to agree to the agreement. The new agreement means that Israeli ministers will meet more often with their EU counterparts, and there will be dialogue on issues including Iran and counterterrorism.