Israel Activists Look to Strengthen U.S. Ties

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WASHINGTON - The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee is in the midst of its 2009 policy conference in Washington.

The pro-Israel lobbying group describes this annual event as "the most important three days affecting Israel's future."

Thousands of pro-Israel activists from around the country are here in Washington for this event, which looks to strengthen the special relationship between America and Israel while providing a better understanding of the threats the Jewish state faces.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers and political figures, including Nancy Pelosi, Newt Gingrich, Jon Kyl and John Kerry, is scheduled to address the conference this year about the importance of standing up for Israel.

I also particpated, taking part in two panels Sunday, focusing on the global threat of radical Islam.

Another staple of AIPAC's annual conference is the appearance of Israeli leaders. Israeli president Shimon Peres is here to deliver a speech Monday morning, while Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver a video address from Jerusalem tonight.

The conference wraps up Tuesday with activists getting a chance to lobby lawmakers on Capitol Hill on behalf of Israel.

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