New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, an avowed progressive, is continuing to support AIPAC amid calls for Democrats to skip this year’s policy conference in Washington, D.C. De Blasio’s team confirmed he will deliver remarks at the annual conference this weekend — another example of daylight between him the left flank of the Democratic Party on the issue of Israel.
He plans to speak about “the progressive pro-Israel movement” in front of an estimated 18,000 people at the conference Monday, his spokesperson Jaclyn Rothenberg said. On Sunday, he will be interviewed on stage by AIPAC’s national director for progressive engagement, Marilyn Rosenthal.
Earlier this week, the liberal group MoveOn called on Democratic presidential candidates to forgo the conference, citing AIPAC’s links to the right-wing government of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, whom de Blasio often criticizes. Read more at POLITICO.