The 2009 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington DC was an amazing event. The Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, the White House, the Smithsonian Museums, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, and the National Archives are all minutes away from the convention center. But most of the excitement was within the hall, as we attended workshops on politics and the Middle East, and heard speeches by Israeli President Shimon Peres, Vice President Joe Biden, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durban (D-IL), Senate Republican Whip (R-AZ), Senator John Kerry (D-MA), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), and many others.
On Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an address via satellite to the Gala Banquet, which was attended by 6,500 people, including conference delegates, more than half of Congress, numerous ambassadors and diplomats, as well as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Congressman Wally Herger, representing California’s 2nd District, joined us at our table. He told us that he was going to deliver a one-minute speech about Iran and Israel on the House on May 7, 2009. He did not disappoint us: