Trump to Speak at Adelson-backed Israeli-American Council Conference

This year's IAC conference will take place next month in Florida, which will be a critical swing state in the 2020 election

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana, November 06, 2019.
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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump will speak at next month's annual conference of the Israeli-American Council, an organization funded by one of Trump's supporters, Jewish-American billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

The IAC is a voice for the Israeli-American community, believed to number in the hundreds of thousands. Its annual conferences consider a range of issues, including how best to assimilate into the American-Jewish community. It was originally founded by several prominent Israeli businessmen living in the United States as a nonpartisan organization. In recent years, however, Adelson has become the organization's leading donor, with IAC shifting to focus more on political issues.

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Trump's planned appearance before the conference was first reported Monday by the Israel Hayom daily, which is owned by Adelson. The freebie newspaper is known for its strong support of Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The conference will take place in South Florida on December 5-8, with Trump set to deliver the keynote address on December 7.

During Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, the then-presidential candidate spoke before the annual AIPAC conference in Washington, the largest pro-Israel gathering in the United States.

Since Trump entered the White House, he has only appeared before the Republican Jewish Coalition, the leading Jewish group affiliated with the Republican Party, which is also funded by Adelson. Trump last appeared before the organization at RJC's conference in Las Vegas in April.

Adelson reportedly donated tens of millions of dollars to GOP candidates in 2016, making him the party's major donor. He made similar donations in 2012, when the Republicans failed to defeat then-President Barack Obama, and in the 2018 midterm elections, in which Democrats won control of the House of Representatives while Republicans kept their majority in the U.S. Senate.

This year's IAC conference will take place in a critical swing state in the 2020 election. The list of speakers also includes Adelson and Israeli politicians from several parties.