>> With Monday's controversial opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, President Trump makes good on a favorite campaign pledge. But the explosive move and the killing of scores of Palestinian protesters by Israeli troops in Gaza Monday, being seen as a monumental setback for another Trump pledge, Mid-East peace.
Trump came into office saying he would work towards peace as the ultimate deal, giving the job to son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who spoke at the embassy opening.>> Israel's a sovereign nation with the right to determine its own capital. The same right that is enjoyed by every other country in the world.
>> Yara Bayoumy is following the story.>> It's important to remember that the Palestinians at their beginning of this process when Trump said he wanted to get the ultimate deal, were willing to play along. But the reality is that since Trump's decision again to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December, there has been no official contact between the Palestinians and the Trump administration.
That makes it very difficult to see how the administration could plan to roll out a peace deal that the Palestinians have basically said they're going to boycott.>> Palestinians are seeking a capital of a future state in East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied and annexed in 1967. Critics say the embassy move breaking with decades of US policy, makes it harder for Washington to call itself an honest broker.
>> They say that what the Americans have done by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, is that they have given up their right to be seen as any kind of impartial mediator in this conflict.>> The problem compounded by the opening itself which featured evangelical Christian pastor, Robert Jeffress, who has called Islam, I quote, evil religion.
>> We thank you everyday that you have given us a president who stands on the right side of you, God, when it comes to Israel.>> On Monday, the White House insisted hopes for peace were not harmed by the day's events, blaming the Palestinian group, Hamas, for Gaza's worst day of violence in years.