Setting up the subsequent report, Mitchell repeated his formulation: "Nancy Cordes reports he got a standing ovation, but the Palestinians were not impressed." Cordes emphasized how Benjamin Netanyahu "refused to compromise on the biggest prize: Jerusalem" and "an aide to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called that a 'declaration of war against the Palestinian people.'"
Cordes concluded by justifying President Obama's hostility to Israel. After a soundbite of House Speaker John Boehner proclaiming "we stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel," she asserted: "Congress, of course, does not have to broker a peace agreement while the White House must try to get both sides to give."
From the Tuesday, May 24 CBS Evening News:
RUSS MITCHELL: Four days after that chilly meeting at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got a warm welcome today from the House and Senate. He said he's willing to make painful compromises in the name of peace. Nancy Cordes reports he got a standing ovation, but the Palestinians were not impressed.
ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU, HOUSE CHAMBER: You got bin laden. Good riddance!
NANCY CORDES: Congress greeted Israel's Prime Minister with 29 standing ovations as he vowed he was prepared to negotiate a lasting peace.
NETANYAHU: We'll be generous about the size of the future Palestinian state.
CORDES: But then he laid out his terms - and it was a long list. A Palestinian state, he said, must have no army of its own and Palestinian leaders must sever ties with Hamas.
NETANYAHU: Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by the Palestinian version of al Qaeda.
CORDES: He said he would give up some settlements, but refused to compromise on the biggest prize: Jerusalem.
NETANYAHU: Jerusalem must never again be divided.
CORDES: An aide to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called that a "declaration of war against the Palestinian people." When President Obama tried to push Netanyahu to go further last week, the Israeli leader pushed back, publicly.
NETANYAHU, FRIDAY IN OVAL OFFICE: The Palestinians will have to accept some basic realities.
CORDES: Congressional leaders made it clear today whose side they're on.
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER: Today we stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel and once again renew our historic partnership.
CORDES: Congress, of course, does not have to broker a peace agreement while the White House must try to get both sides to give. Russ?