's prime minister was cheered
over and over
again during a speech to a
joint session of congress
is prepared to make painful compromises for
with palestinians but will not, as
has called for, return to its borders before the '67 mideast war. nor he said will
negotiate with terrorists by which he meant hamas.
i believe we can fashion a brilliant future for our children, but
will not negotiate with the
backed by the palestinian version of
. that we will not do. [ applause ]
again, several standing ovations. late this afternoon, our chief
sat down in washington with netanyahu.
has said to you that you cannot afford any more delay, that with all of the upheaval, the changes in the
is at risk of being isolated, of being left behind. what do you say to the president?
i think the president shares with me and i share with him the desire to move the
forward. i said in congress that there is one way to move this thing forward. president abbas has to do what i did two years ago. i spoke to my people and i said, i will accept a
. i think the president -- president abbas has to says these words to his people. i will accept the
. you know what, i will give him a break. five words. i accept the
. i think if he says that then that will move the process forward. people will say, okay, we have a real
partner and for real
, we're willing to move and move quickly.
why is it upheaval? isn't
at risk of being isolated, of the u.n. taking action to declare a
the world is changing. we want to make sure when we make
we not only have somebody that will recognize us. we want to be sure we have a secure border to defend ourselves, not only to defend the
but to defend ourselves if
unravels. i think we are seeing what is happening in syria. we are seeing what is happening in other places in egypt. we don't know whether our
partners will be there tomorrow. i mean really tomorrow, not an abstract notion. so when we say we want mutual recognition and defensible borders for
, that's really the meat and potatoes of
there was a moment in the
on friday. you and the
president of the united states
and some of your own supporters friends of
said that you were lecturing him, that it went too far.
i wasn't lecturing anyone. i was speaking about the basic things that
requires to have
and security and survival and the lead of an old nation. a great nation. i have the greatest respect for america and for the office of the presidency.
by the way,
's full interview with netanyahu of
will air tomorrow on her msnbc show "the