Unfettered from his duties at the White House, Stephen Bannon will push his pro-Israel agenda with an appearance at the upcoming Zionist Organization of America gala, The Atlantic reported Monday. The Nov. 12 event in New York will mark the former chief strategist's first scheduled public appearance since being fired by President Trump and returning to Breitbart News.
ZOA President Morton Klein confirmed Bannon's upcoming appearance, but he didn't give many details, only saying that it will be a "special appearance by Steven Bannon." There's a possibility Bannon will introduce the group's top donor, Sheldon Adelson, who has pushed for Trump to oust National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster; Adelson has attacked McMaster as "anti-Israel." Bannon repeatedly butted heads with McMaster during his time at the White House.
"Steve is one of the best friends that Israel has had in any administration. We're honored that he accepted our invitation," said Arthur Schwartz, ZOA's external political and policy adviser. Bannon was slated to appear at last year's ZOA gala, but ultimately did not show up because of his campaign commitments.