Hillary to Speak at AIPAC’s Policy Conference
Hillary Clinton is expected to address AIPAC’s Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.., later this month, AIPAC announced on Wednesday.
“AIPAC is pleased to announce that former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is confirmed to join us live at AIPAC’s 2016 Policy Conference,” the largest pro-Israel lobby in the United States said in an email. “It is our honor to host presidential candidates this year, just as we have in previous election cycles.”
The 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference is scheduled for March 20-22. Plenary sessions will take place at the Verizon Center.
AIPAC extended invitations to all of the current presidential candidates. Clinton, who also addressed the annual gathering in 2008, was the first candidate to confirm her attendance.
“Our Policy Conference is also likely to be one of the few venues that these candidates will have to speak to a bipartisan audience between now and Election Day,” the email noted. “We are delighted for AIPAC to serve as the venue for presidential candidates to share their perspectives, and we look forward to welcoming them.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled initial plans to appear at the conference in person as he had done over the past years. According to the prime minister’s office, presidential candidates from both parties were set to attend the conference and had requested meetings with Netanyahu, something that could create the impression of intervention by the prime minister in support of one or another candidate. “We wanted to prevent such a situation,” a source close to the Israeli Premier told Haaretz. Instead, Netanyahu will address the gathering via satellite.