Israel Radio said an inner cabinet of Israeli ministers with security responsibilities would meet on Sunday to discuss the security arrangements at the hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City. "Israel is playing with fire and is risking sparking a crisis with the Arab and Muslim worlds".
Hundreds of Palestinians have defiantly held their evening prayers outside a Jerusalem holy site, refusing to pass through security measures Israel imposed after a deadly attack there.
Israel's military fortified its troops in the West Bank and placed forces on high alert Saturday, a day after a Palestinian stabbed to death three members of an Israeli family and some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian clashes in years erupted over tensions at the Holy Land's most contested shrine.
Major General Yoav Mordechai, who heads the Israeli defence body for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Israel was open to alternatives to lower the tensions.
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Earlier in the weekend, on Friday night, three Israelis were killed in their home in the West Bank settlement of Halamish when police say a young Palestinian man breached the settlement's security fence and stabbed them to death.
"They must know that they will be the main losers because we play an important role in assuring our security and theirs", Abbas said.
"We stress our absolute rejection of. all measures by the Occupation (Israel) that would change the historical and religious status in Jerusalem and its sacred sites", the Palestinian grand mufti, acting Palestinian chief justice and Jordanian-run Waqf religious trust said in a joint statement.
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The United Nations Security Council plans to meet on Monday to discuss the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years.
"If they (Palestinians) do not want to enter the mosque, then let them not enter the mosque".
Noting the particular sensitivities surrounding the holy sites in Jerusalem, and the need to ensure security, the Quartet envoys called on all to demonstrate maximum restraint, refrain from provocative actions and work towards de-escalating the situation.
On Sunday, a shooting at the Israeli Embassy compound in Amman left a Jordanian dead and an Israeli and a Jordanian wounded, Jordan's Public Security Department said, according to a report by Jordan's official Petra news agency.
The Israeli father, in his 60s, and his two children, both in their 40s, were killed and his wife was hospitalized in serious condition after a teenage assailant entered their home in the Halamish settlement with a knife as the family was eating Shabbat dinner, the Times of Israel reported. Abbas suspended contact between the Palestinian Authority and Israel on Friday.
In 1990, this group attempted to lay a cornerstone for a Jewish temple at the compound triggering protests in which some 20 Palestinians died.
On Saturday, Palestinian youths hurled stones and petrol bombs as the army used a bulldozer to close off the attacker's West Bank village and prepare his house for demolition. The military says about 50 people attacked troops who fired back with rubber bullets and tear gas.
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