U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to Address AIPAC Conference

Outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak also scheduled to speak at American pro-Israel lobby group's annual policy event; Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver video message.

Vice President Joe Biden will address the upcoming American Israel Public Affairs Committee's policy conference, officials in the pro-Israel group and in the White House have told JTA.

Biden is slated to speak to the annual AIPAC conference on the morning of Monday, March 4.

His speech comes ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Israel later in the month, and at a time of renewed concerns about Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not attend the conference, but will deliver a video message.

Ehud Barak, the outgoing defense minister, will address the conference in person, as will leaders of both parties in both houses of the U.S. Congress.

AIPAC said it expects 13,000 activists, including 2,000 students, to attend the conference.

The three-day event will end on March 5 with a lobbying blitz on Capitol Hill.