AIPAC conference opens with praise for Trump making good on promises to Israel

AIPAC conference opens with praise for Trump making good on promises to Israel
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The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) opened its conference by thanking President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a longtime goal for the committee.

On Sunday, AIPAC president Mort Fridman triggered extended applause when he thanked Trump, The Jerusalem Post reported.

On the first day of the three-day annual conference held in Washington, D.C., Fridman made an appeal for progressives — who have been more critical of Israeli policies — to not abandon their support for Israel.

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“The progressive narrative for Israel is just as compelling and critical as the conservative one,” Fridman said. “There are very real forces trying to pull you out of this hall and out of this movement and we cannot let that happen — we will not let that happen!”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is mired in bribery scandals at home, will meet with Trump on Monday and address the AIPAC conference on Tuesday.

Netanyahu also plans to meet with Senate leaders Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBudowsky: Pelosi can break shutdown stalemate GOP seeks to change narrative in shutdown fight On The Money: Shutdown Day 32 | Senate to vote on dueling funding measures | GOP looks to change narrative | Dems press Trump on recalled workers | Kudlow predicts economy will 'snap back' after shutdown MORE (R-Ky.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday, Haaretz reported.