Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was greeted with a loud, long and at times raucous standing ovation in the US Congress before he started speaking.
In his opening comments, he said Israel was grateful for the support of the US, and that he knew whatever side of the house the members of congress sat on, they stood with Israel.
This is the third time Netanyahu has been invited to address Congress - a rare honour only matched by Churchill.
It is the first time since last summer's war, when Israel was accused of war crimes by various rights groups over its military operation in Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he would dissolve parliament and seek early elections. In a statement from his office, Netanyahu, who is embroiled in a cabinet crisis, also said he has ordered the dismissal of his Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who both head centrist parties.
His coalition, dominated by the right-wing, is split on a range of issues, including the 2015 budget, high living costs, policy towards the Palestinians and a Jewish nation-state bill that critics say discriminates against Israel's Arab minority. The divisions had prompted speculation that Netanyahu would bring forward an election that is not scheduled until 2017.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel would respond vigorously against any further rocket fire from Gaza if the truce that came into force last night is not observed.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is determined to complete the mission of destroying Gaza border tunnels with or without a ceasefire.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country must prepare for a protracted conflict in the Gaza Strip, ending any hopes of a quick end to fighting that has cost over 1,000 lives.
In a televised statement, he said that any solution to the crisis would require the demilitarisation of the Palestinian territory - which is controlled by Hamas.
Mortar strikes in Israel have left at least four people - understood to be soldiers - dead, according to Israeli reports.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged tougher military action against Hamas after the attacks, as bloodshed in the Middle East conflict continues.
He also warned that Israel must be prepared for a protracted Gaza campaign.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said "Hamas will pay" in response to the deaths of three kidnapped teenagers.
He added the teenagers "were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by wild beasts".
The bodies of the boys - who went missing on June 12 - were discovered under a pile of rocks - after a huge operation by Israeli forces.
Israel immediately accused Hamas of being behind the kidnapping.
Three teenagers missing in the West Bank have been kidnapped by a terrorist group, Israel's prime minister said.
Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, as well as 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach went missing two days ago.
Israeli media named Naftali as a US citizen.
"Our children were kidnapped by a terror group, (there is) no doubt about that," Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Mr Netanyahu said an "intensive operation" was underway to prevent the three teenagers being taken to the Gaza Strip or elsewhere.
The Arab League endorsed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's rejection of Israel's demand for recognition as a Jewish state, as U.S.-backed peace talks approach a deadline next month.
The US want Mr Abbas to make the concession as part of efforts to reach a "framework agreement" and extend the talks aimed at settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Benjamin Netanyahu has been Israel's first prime minister to make recognition of his country as a Jewish state a requirement for peace.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has paid tribute to Ariel Sharon as "a great warrior and military leader" following his death at the age of 85.
Mr Netanyahu's official spokesperson tweeted:
PM Netanyahu expresses his deep sorrow over the passing of former PM Ariel Sharon:"he was a great warrior and military leader" 1/2
PM Netanyahu on the passing of former PM Ariel Sharon: "His memory will live forever in the nation's heart" 2/2