Hamas Says Target Israelis After Yerushalayim Site Attack

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -
An Israeli border police officer stands guard outside in Yerushalayim’s Old City, Friday. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Gaza’s terrorist Hamas rulers on Saturday called on Palestinians to attack Israeli forces in Yerushalayim after the Har Habayis was closed following a terrorist attack there.

Hamas described the closure of the site in a statement as a “religious war” and Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called on the Palestinian “uprising” to target the Israeli army and settlers in Yehuda and Shomron.

Israel made the rare move after three Palestinian terrorists opened fire there Friday, killing two Israeli police officers before being shot dead. The attackers were devout Muslim citizens of Israel.

On Saturday, the White House condemned the attack in a strongly-worded statement.

“The people of the United States are heartbroken that terrorists brutally gunned down two Israeli police officers,” said Press Secretary Sean Spicer. “There must be zero tolerance for terrorism. It is incompatible with achieving peace and we must condemn it in the strongest terms, defeat it, and eradicate it.”

Hamas staged a rally celebrating the attack.

Israel says the site won’t reopen before Sunday.