At a time when disagreements between Democrats and Republicans consume much of the discourse in Washington, D.C., the U.S.-Israel relationship remains the one issue that transcends the partisan divide. In an annual display of this bipartisan spirit, more than half of Congress will attend tonight's gala, which will fill a room large enough to fit the Washington Monument on its side.
Two top Congressional leaders will address gala attendees: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD).
Senators and members of the House of Representatives at the gala will have their names read during the Roll Call, a lively Policy Conference tradition that is always a crowd favorite. AIPAC National Board members Betsy Berns Korn and Jon Diamond will join AIPAC Chief Executive Officer Howard Kohr for the Roll Call.
There will also be a number of Obama administration officials, foreign diplomats—including more than 40 ambassadors—and other VIPs at the gala.
The gala will be the end of a full day of programming. The morning plenary session will welcome Vice President Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (via satellite from Jerusalem), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
In the afternoon, delegates will head to lobbying workshops, where they will learn from AIPAC's top experts how to make the case for the U.S.-Israel alliance on Capitol Hill tomorrow.