Palestinian protesters burn tires and clash with Israeli troops following protests against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Photo Nasser Nasser / AP

President Trump's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has sparked demonstrations in The West Bank, where NBC News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel reports Palestinians are saying the peace process is "dead."

"Some Palestinians say this is the start of a new intifada (uprising). I’d say most of the analysts I’ve spoken to -- argue that the Palestinians don’t have the leadership right now to organize or sustain it ... This is a moment of Palestinian soul-searching.  Some say they need to go to the streets in a violent uprising, others have told me Palestinians need to push for a “one state solution,” pushing for Palestinians to become Israeli citizens with the hope that, over time, democracy and demographics will be in their favor."— Engel in an interview with Axios

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