From Haley to Breitbart: Here's Who Will Be Speaking at AIPAC This Year

AIPAC published its annual conference's list of speakers, which includes two members of Israel's government, but no word of Netanyahu yet

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations NIkki Haley waves as she arrives to speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, U.S., March 27, 2017.

A list of speakers at the annual AIPAC conference, which will take place this year in early March in Washington, D.C., was published by the powerful pro-Israel lobby on Wednesday.

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The list includes U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, and two senior members of the Israeli government - Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Education Minister Naftali Bennett - both of whom are members of the right wing Jewish Home party.

Haley is so far the only senior member of the Trump administration who has been confirmed as a speaker. Her speech before AIPAC's conference last year drew major applause, and reports published after the conference described her receiving a "rock star reception" from the crowd. Haley's prominent media presence on issues related to Israel at the UN since then all but guarantees she will receive a similar reception this year.

Last year, Vice President Mike Pence was the most senior member of the administration who spoke at AIPAC. As of Thursday it is not clear if someone more senior than Haley will attend.

Ambassador Nikki Haley Speaks at the 2017 AIPAC

It is also not yet clear if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who did not attend the conference for the last two years, will make the journey from Israel, or give a speech through a video stream, as he did in 2016 and 2017. The last time an American president spoke before AIPAC's conference was when President Barack Obama appeared there in 2012.

One name among the list of speakers that already made headlines is that of Joel Pollak, a senior editor at the far-right website Breitbart. The website touted his invitation to speak at a panel in the conference in a special news report. Many other journalists from different media outlets will speak at the conference this year, including from Haaretz.

The conference will also include a number of speakers from Capitol Hill, including veteran Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), and two retiring Republican members of Congress, Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who hold senior positions in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and are considered strong supporters of Israel.

Joel Pollack, senior Breitbart editor.
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