Palestinian leader Abbas condemns Old City terror attack

The Palestinian leader spoke with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone and condemned the deadly terror attack in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has officially condemned Friday's morning terror attack in Jerusalem's Old City, in which two Israeli police officers were murdered and a third badly injured.

In a phone conversation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Abbas to stop calling on Palestinians to visit Temple Mount. Netanyahu said Israel would take every necessary action to ensure the security on Temple Mount, without changing the status quo.

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Earlier, Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the attack was "a despicable act meant to fan the flames between the three major religions."

"Israel will continue to fight fiercely against the terrorists, their senders and those who are inciting them," Lieberman stated.

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The two Israeli police officers who were murdered in the attack are Sgt. Haiel Sitawe (30) from Maghar and Sgt. Kamil Shnaan (22) from Hurfeish.

"The people of Israel are mourning the death of our Druze brothers," said MK Naftali Bennett, Israel's Education Minister. "Their loving smiles are gone forever."

"I've asked the Prime Minister to convene a special cabinet to examine the current Israeli policies on Temple Mount," Bennett added. "The Palestinian incitement should be tackled with an iron fist."

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