From March 4 to 6, the 2018 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) had their annual AIPAC Policy Conference.
High profile speakers included Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Mike Pence and United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
At the conference there were “demonstrations of groundbreaking Israeli innovations, keynote speeches by American and Israeli leaders, inspiring moments on stage, and intimate educational sessions Policy Conference delegates experience.”
AIPAC states in their mission statement that they strive “to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of Israel and the United States.”
One of AIPAC’s main goals is to empower “pro-Israel activists across all ages, religions, races and political parties to be politically engaged and build relationships with members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to promote the U.S.-Israel relationship.”
The AIPAC Policy Conference focuses on “pro-Israel activism.” During the Policy Conference more than 18,000 Jews came together to attend, and over two thirds of the U.S. Congress attended the convention.
Weber was fortunate enough to send many students to the conference. One of these students was senior Lior Granath. Lior decided to share his experience with The RamPage.
What caused you to attend the AIPAC conference in Washington D.C.?
“I attended my 2nd AIPAC Policy Conference because I knew that there, I would have the opportunity to learn and further improve both my knowledge regarding Middle Eastern political affairs as well as my lobbying skills.”
What did you learn from attending the conference?
“From attending Policy Conference, I learned a lot about the proper political rhetoric to implement when engaging in discussion pertaining to [the] Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I learned the importance of diction and tone as well as the appropriate balance between pathos and logos. Furthermore, the breakout sessions focused on terminology that helped me expand my growing comprehension of Middle Eastern political affairs.”
What was your favorite part about the conference?
“My favorite part about Policy Conference was for sure lobbying Congressman Hank Johnson [4th Congressional District]. While Congressman Johnson and I do not see eye to eye on Middle Eastern affairs, the hour plus spent in his office certainly refined my lobbying skills and strengthened a growing relationship I have with the Congressman.”
Do you recommend Weber students attend the conference in the future?
“I 100% recommend Weber students attend Policy Conference in the future. For Weber students, Policy Conference materializes the pervasive support for Israel demonstrated by Jews and non Jews across the United States. Policy Conference moreover provides Weber students opportunities to learn from and meet with people that would be nearly inaccessible in any other capacity. I hope that Weber continues to send a strong delegation of students to Policy Conference to continue to equip our students with the tools necessary to become effective advocates and lobbyists.”