Two Palestinians armed with knives, an axe and a pistol attacked worshippers during morning prayers in a Jerusalem synagogue today, killing four people as the ongoing conflict appeared to be morphing into religious warfare.
Mr Netanyahu vowed to "settle the score with every terrorist" saying that those "who want to uproot us from our state and capital... will not succeed".
Jerusalem has seen weeks of unrest, partly fuelled by tension over a disputed holy site.
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Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed five people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city.
Three of the victims held dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and a fourth man was a British-Israeli national, police said.
A police officer who responded to the scene was shot and later died of his wounds.
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A worshipper in the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue in an ultra-Orthodox neighbourhood of Jewish West Jerusalem said about 25 people were praying in a service when shooting broke out.
"I looked up and saw someone shooting people at point-blank range. Then someone came in with what looked like a butcher's knife and he went wild," Yosef Posternak told Israel Radio.
“The Zionist regime [of Israel]’s impudent actions of continuing settlement construction in Palestinian lands and Judaization of the al-Aqsa Mosque have caused the groundwork for the third Intifada to be laid,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday.“What is going on in this region is the reaction of the people of Palestine to the Zionist regime’s daily encroachments,” he noted.
A total of 6,200 Palestinians died during the First Intifada between 1987 and 1993 and the second one in 2000s, both fiercely confronted by Israel.
Over the past decades, Israel has tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.
The al-Aqsa Mosque [Temple Mound] compound has been the scene of clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli settlers and troops.
The clashes erupted last month after Tel Aviv closed all gates to the compound to Palestinian men under the age of 50, following an attempt on the life of Israeli right-wing activist Yehuda Glick.