US House speaker Paul Ryan set to attend AIPAC conference
Mandel Ngan (AFP/File)
Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan is scheduled address the AIPAC conference, organizers of the largest pro-Israel talk shop in America said Thursday.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee also said Thursday that Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the majority leader, and Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the minority whip, will join Ryan, R-Wis., as speakers at its annual event being held March 20-22 in Washington, D.C.
Leading Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton is also set to attend the conference and so far the only candidate listed as speaking.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also set to attend the conference, however he has since pulled out.
A few days after Netanyahu announced that he would speak at AIPAC, the White House announced that on exactly the same dates the president would be on an historic trip to Cuba.
Beyond Twitter speculations about the inelegant timing and possible snub, a huge question mark emerged over Netanyahu’s whole visit: what’s the point in going to Washington if there is no meeting with Obama?
Netanyahu, who didn’t want to give up the annual tour, (he has only missed two AIPAC conventions since 2009), approached the White House to try and set up an earlier date.
The White House claims that while it was still waiting for the RSVP, reports of Netanyahu’s decision to cancel the trip appeared in Israeli media, some of them suggesting the president’s schedule was the main reason.
The National Security Council released a blunt and rare statement, stating that they had been “looking forward” to the meeting and were “surprised” to hear about Netanyahu’s decision. The Prime Minister’s Office, for its part, rebuffed the flames of an alleged impolite snub.
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