Compensation payments to the families of "martyrs" who die carrying out attacks on Israelis are one of the sticking points in the moribund Middle East peace process. Police Staff Sgt. Maj. "You mean after they stabbed a female Israeli police officer to death... right?" After the attack, police conducted a large roundup Saturday searching for Palestinians who had entered Israel illegally.
According to Rosenfeld, 350 Palestinians were arrested before sundown on Saturday alone.
Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, said the ISIL claim was an attempt to "muddy the waters", adding that the attack was carried out by "two Palestinians from the PFLP and a third from Hamas", AFP news agency reported.
Following the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose to cancel permission for Palestinians to visit family members in Jerusalem and Israel, officer said.
The acronym PFLP stands for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a long-in-the-tooth terrorist organization formed after the 1967 war between Israel and Egypt, now a branch of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
He also said the attack proved the Palestinian Authority's policy of security coordination with Israel was wrong, calling it "a national crime".
The father of the third, 18-year-old Adel Ankoush, said his son was too young to belong to any faction.
COGAT said the visiting permits were canceled but the prayer permits remain unchanged.
"I am not revealing a secret" in disclosing that meetings with Dahlan have been ongoing, al-Hayya said.
Since late 2015, Israel has been grappling with fatal stabbing attacks by individuals on soldiers and civilians.
The attack comes on the third Friday of the month-long Ramadan fast at a time when thousands of Muslims were making their way to the Temple Mount to pray.
The area around Damascus Gate was sealed off in the hours after the attack, with a few youths throwing fireworks at security forces.
Thirty-eight Israelis, two American tourists and a British student have been killed in stabbings, shootings and car-rammings, many of which took place in the vicinity of the Old City's Damascus gate.
Following the attacks, the Israeli government took a number of punitive measures against Palestinian residents in the West Bank.
Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevy identified the three attackers as Palestinians from the West Bank.
Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded by social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks.
Palestinians say those attacks result from anger over decades of Israeli occupation.
Associated Press writer Mohammed Daraghmeh in Ramallah, West Bank, contributed to this report.