The Washington Times - January 14, 2013, 03:23PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to speak at the annual gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference.

CPAC organizers announced Monday that Mr. Netanyahu has been asked to address the 40th annual conference for conservative activists — many of whom accuse President Obama of not giving Israel his full support.


“As we extend our second round of invitations to these conservative leaders, it is easy to see why CPAC 2013 is shaping up to be one the best conferences yet,” said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union, which hosts CPAC. “We encourage conservatives across America to register today and join these leaders and thousands of others at CPAC 2013.”

The conference is scheduled to run from March 14-16 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

Other invited speakers include: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, former Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and former Rep. Allen West of Florida.

Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Mike Lee of Utah, and Rand Paul of Kentucky, are also scheduled to address the convention. Former Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama, a Democrat turned Republican, also is on the list.