Policy Conference 2017 Transcripts

Saturday Evening General Session: March 25, 2017

Mr. Gordon Robertson
The CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Gordon Robertson, gives a sneak peak of a documentary about The Six Day War.


Sunday Morning General Session: March 26, 2017

AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus
AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus discusses the importance of AIPAC’s work and our imperative to grow and include more non-Jewish activists in order to keep America and Israel safe and secure.

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.

Mr. Chemi Peres
A live stage moment honoring the legacy of Israeli President Shimon Peres and the work of the Peres Center for Peace.

Col. Dr. Elon Glassberg
Lt. Col. Dr. Elon Glassberg of the Israel Defense Forces discusses Israel’s decision to treat victims of Syria’s civil war at Israeli field hospitals and hospital centers along the Israeli-Syrian border.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain Tony Blair is interviewed live on stage by senior Washington correspondent for i24 News Dan Raviv.

Mr. Yannick Tona
AIPAC campus activist Yannick Tona shares his emotional connection to Israel as a survivor of the Rwandan genocide.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame
The President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame is interviewed live on stage by former CNN anchor Frank Sesno.

Innovation Showcase
An interview series featuring Israeli innovators who are shaping the world of tomorrow. Interviews include: Lisa Dolev of Qylur Intelligent Systems; Fadi Swidan and Eitan Sella of the Hybrid Accelerator; Alan Dershowitz presenting on behalf of Water-Gen; and Oded Ben-Dov of Sesame Enable.


Sunday Evening General Session

Mayor Muriel Bowser
The Mayor of the District of Columbia Muriel Bowser delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.

AIPAC CEO Howard Kohr
AIPAC Chief Executive Officer Howard Kohr delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.

IDF Mobile Field Hospital
Dr. Ofer Merin, Commander of the IDF’s Mobile Field Hospital Unit, describes his unit’s important work in international disaster zones and why they are the only mobile field hospital rated Category-1 by the United Nation’s World Health Organization.

Then & Now: Israel's Olympic Story
Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz interviews Ankie Spitzer, the widow of Israeli fencer Andre Spitzer, and ISDS CEO Tomer Fulman.

Violins of Hope
The Violins of Hope project features violins that survived the Holocaust and that have been restored to concert-level condition by master violin craftsman Amnon Weinstein in his Tel Aviv-based workshop.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is interviewed live on stage by former CNN anchor Frank Sesno.

AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus
AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus introduces the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence
The Vice President of the United States Mike Pence delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.


Monday Morning General Session: March 27, 2017

Conference of Presidents Chairman Steve Greenberg
Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations Steve Greenberg delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.

Inside Fauda
The Israeli television series Fauda tells the story of Israel's elite Mista'arvim unit, a group of undercover commandos who infiltrate the Palestinian Territories to stop terror attacks. The show's creators, journalist Avi Issacharoff and filmmaker Lior Raz, join author Dan Senor on stage for a look inside the making of Fauda in an Arab city near the West Bank.

Ashley Bell, Bakari Sellers & Michael Blake
Activists Bakari Sellers, Ashley Bell and Michael Blake share their connections to AIPAC and our movement.

Firefighting in Israel
Los Angeles City Firefighter Ben Arnold shares his story about fighting fires in Israel with the Emergency Volunteer Project.

AIPAC Lobbying Agenday
The 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference lobbying agenda presented by AIPAC Directors of Policy and Government Affairs Ambassador Brad Gordon and Dr. Marvin Feuer, and AIPAC Director of Legislative Strategy Ester Kurz.

Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX)
Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX) explains how Texans benefit from US-Israeli cooperation on the state-of-the-art F-35 jet.

AIPAC Board Chairman Bob Cohen
AIPAC Board Chairman Bob Cohen Introduces Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.

Paul Begala
Democratic consultant Paul Begala shares his connection to AIPAC and our movement—stretching from college to current day.

Israeli MK Isaac Herzog
MK Isaac "Bougie" Herzog, Israeli Opposition Leader and Chairman of the Zionist Union, is interviewed live on stage by Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief Yaakov Kat.


Monday Evening General Session

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)
Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) of the House Appropriations Committee make the case for American security assistance to Israel.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley
The United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is interviewed live on stage by author and foreign policy analyst Dan Senor.

Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) are interviewed on stage by AIPAC Managing Director of Policy and Politics Arne Christenson.

Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) explains how Carlsbad, California enlisted the help of Israeli water experts to construct a state-of-the-art desalination plant to address water shortages.

SpaceIL
Co-founder Kfir Damari tells the inspiring story of SpaceIL, an Israeli organization that hopes to make Israel the fourth country ever to land a spacecraft on the moon.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduces the Minds in Motion program that brings together children from an Israeli Jewish school and an Israeli Arab school to perform dance routines and to foster co-existence and understanding.

Yossi Klein Halevi, Michael Oren, Nir Barkat and David Horovitz
Four prominent individuals in Israeli society talk about the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War.


Tuesday Morning General Session: March 28, 2017

AIPAC Board Member Amy Friedkin and Brian Sternberg
AIPAC Board Member and past AIPAC President Amy Friedkin shares the stage with her grandson Brian Sternberg to encourage registration for the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference.

Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)
Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Sen. Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivers remarks at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference.