Scenes from AIPAC: Politicians speak at pro-Israel conference
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) gathered thousands from the pro-Israel movement for an annual three day conference in Washington, D.C. that began Sunday. AIPAC, the bipartisan pro-Israel lobby, invited all of the current presidential candidates to speak at the conference. The lobbying group specifically encourages pro-Israel activists across the country to politically engage with members of Congress to promote a strong relationship between the United States and Israel.
All presidential candidates have accepted to speak at AIPAC, except for Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders expressed his regret in a letter, adding he would discuss similar issues in a foreign policy speech in a Utah campaign event on Monday as he would have at AIPAC. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was the first of the presidential hopefuls to speak at AIPAC on Monday, affirming her dedicated support for Israel if she is elected president. The remaining Republican candidates, Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, will speak during the conference’s evening session Monday, with remarks from GOP Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, as well.