A standing ovation for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, as he told Israel's Parliament that the U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem in 2019.>> In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. And that United States Embassy will open before the end of next year.
>> Pence is the highest ranking U.S. official to visit the region since Donald Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and announced the embassy move last month. But not everyone was happy to see him. A handful of Israeli Arab lawmakers loudly protested at the start of Pence's address.
The signs they're waving say, Jerusalem capital of Palestine. Reuter's Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Stephen Farrell.>> The Israelis say that Jerusalem is their eternal and indivisible capital, although this is not recognized internationally. The Palestinians feel equally strongly, saying that East Jerusalem must be part of a future Palestinian state.
>> And the split not only between the Palestinians and the Israelis but also the European Union and the U.S.. On Monday, the EU assured Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas that it supports his ambition to have East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. All that means that Jerusalem remains at the center of an intractable dispute.
>> Although so close together, the Israelis and Palestinians could not be further apart politically at the moment. The Trump decision and the Pence visit come against a background of stalled peace negotiations. Nothing substantive has happened on that front for years here.>> The Trump administration says it remains committed to those peace negotiations.
But a U.S. role in such talks is now being shunned by Palestinians. On Monday, Abbas said he would only accept a broad, internationally backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel.