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January 15, 2016  RSS feed
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Tampa Bay AIPAC event draws 300 to hear Israeli and Jordanian on peace prospects


Debbie Taub, AIPAC’s Tampa Bay cochair, speaks at the AIPAC meeting. Taub co-chairs the local group with her husband, Brian. Debbie Taub, AIPAC’s Tampa Bay cochair, speaks at the AIPAC meeting. Taub co-chairs the local group with her husband, Brian. Nearly 300 people packed the room at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa recently to listen to an Israeli and a Jordanian offer their perspectives on prospects for peace in the Middle East.

The occasion was the annual event for the Tampa Bay American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

The discussion was between an Israeli, Dr. Gil Troy, and a Jordanian, Ghaith al-Omari. Their conclusion: peace is achievable, but only with direct U.S. involvement and support for Israel. Both speakers agreed that historically, Israel has only taken great risks for peace when they know the United States stands firmly behind them.

The program also featured an ovation for Ret. Staff Sgt. Robert Bartlett, an American soldier who was injured in Iraq. He spoke of the importance of stopping a nuclear Iran and supporting AIPAC in order to keep the United States and Israel safe and secure.


Robert Barlett, a wounded Iraq war veteran, received an emotional ovation by the crowd. Robert Barlett, a wounded Iraq war veteran, received an emotional ovation by the crowd. AIPAC’s next local program will be on Monday, Jan. 25, from noon to1:30 p.m. The program is hosted by Nathaniel Doliner at his office, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. For more information, contact Elana Rickel, AIPAC’s North, Central and West Florida director at erickel@aipac.org. Visit www.aipac.org/TampaBayLunch to register.

On the national level, more than 130 members of the Tampa Bay community are expected to attend the AIPAC Policy Conference on March 20-22 in Washington DC. According to AIPAC, this election year will be the most important to promote a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, and all presidential candidates are invited to speak.

For more information and to register, visit www.aipac.org/PC.


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