Netanyahu Addresses U.S. Congress On Peace Outlook

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of congress Tuesday.

He spoke for nearly 50 minutes and received 26 standing ovations as he pointed out to lawmakers that the United States and Israel need each other.  In his speech, Netanyahu congratulated the United States for killing Osama Bin Laden and making the case that America and Israel are paragons of democracy.

He also spoke saying Israel will be prepared to make a far-reaching compromise, but with conditions.

"It's time for President Abbas to stand before his people and say, 'I will accept a Jewish state.' And those six words will convince the people of Israel that they have a true partner for peace," he said.

Getting a peace process back on track is a top priority for the United States.  There is a great deal of concern about growing international support for a United Nations vote in September to recognize Palestinian statehood.  That could take away some of Israel's leverage in any peace talks.