Obama to address pro-Israel group AIPAC

May 16, 2011 - 9:58 AM

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will address the pro-Israel group AIPAC's annual conference in Washington on Sunday.

Obama spokesman Jay Carney told reporters traveling with the president that Obama will not deliver a major policy speech, but will instead talk about the deep bond between the U.S. and Israel.

Obama will deliver his remarks following a week focused heavily on the Middle East. He meets at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Jordan's King Abdullah, and will speak about the popular uprisings in the Middle East in a speech on Thursday.

With the resignation of George Mitchell, Obama's special envoy for Middle East peace, there are new questions about the administration's prospects for securing an accord between Israel and the Palestinians.