Pence and Haley to Address Upcoming AIPAC Conference

Netanyahu will also speak at the conference, and is slated to meet with Trump while in Washington

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Mike Pence, February 8, 2018.
Mike Pence, February 8, 2018.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will speak at AIPAC's annual conference, to be held in Washington, D.C. in early March, the pro-Israel lobby group confirmed Monday. Pence is set to be the highest-ranking member of the Donald Trump administration to address the conference, which he also attended last year.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley will also be speaking at the conference. At last year's event, Haley enjoyed an especially warm reception.

Also addressing the conference is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his first attendance at the event since 2015. The past two years featured a speech by Netanyahu via satellite.

Netanyahu is slated to meet Trump during his time in Washington. This will be the second time the two leaders will meet since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The decision has heightened Washington's tensions with the Arab world and has threatened peace talks with Palestinians, who now refuse to accept the U.S. as a mediator in the process.

The Trump administration is continuing to work on its plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, despite recent recommendations by the Israeli police to indict Netanyahu for bribery in two separate corruption scandals. A White House official told Haaretz on Friday that the police recommendations "won't impact the content or timing of the plan."