Behind me are churches, synagogues and mosques. It's a city that's sacred to Muslims, Christians, and Jews, and each religion has sites of significance here. To the left of me is Palestinian in East Jerusalem. And to the right is Israeli West Jerusalem. And it's five minutes from here that the US is opening the embassy.
>> But Palestinians feel just as strongly.>> Jerusalem is the capital of the free Palestine.>> They say that east Jerusalem must make up the capital of a future Palestinian state.>>
>> President Trump made a US embassy move a signature promise on his campaign trail. For decades, pro-Israeli lawmakers have been putting pressure on Washington. But President Trump cuts a lonely figure on the world stage. Guatemala have said that they will move their embassy from Tel Aviv to here in Jerusalem.
In December, 128 countries voted in a non-binding resolution at the UN calling on the US to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Arab leaders warn that the opening of the US embassy damages US efforts to revive long stalled peace talks, and increases existing tensions in the region. More than 40 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during ongoing Gaza border protests. There's also been large protest in the west bank, but clashes haven't yet been on the same scale as past Palestinian intifadas.
And it is possible tensions won't escalate further. With the opening of the embassy, another footnote in the complex history of this city.