Attack Israelis, Gaza Hamas rulers urge
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers Saturday called on Palestinians to attack Israeli forces in Jerusalem after a sacred site was closed in response to a deadly assault.
Hamas in a statement described the closure of the site — known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount — as a “religious war.” And Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called for a Palestinian “uprising” to target the Israeli army and West Bank settlers.
Israel made the rare move to close the site after three assailants opened fire there Friday, killing two Israeli police officers before being shot dead.
On Saturday, the White House condemned the attack. “The people of the United States are heartbroken that terrorists brutally gunned down two Israeli police officers,” spokesman Sean Spicer said. “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.