Jerusalem synagogue: Jewish worshippers massacred during morning prayers

JERUSALEM (USA NEWS) -- Israel police maintain that early Tuesday two Palestinians armed with meat cleavers and a gun, stormed into a synagogue during morning prayers killing three Americans and a British citizen. The attackers also wounded six other synagogue shootingworshippers.

Authorities say the four dead were immigrants to Israel and held dual citizenship. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will "respond harshly" to the attack.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has called for a special "security consultation."

Netanyahu blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas for Tuesday's slaughter in western Jerusalem near the nation's Holocaust museum and memorial, Yad Vashem.

"This is the direct result of the incitement being led by Hamas and Abu Mazen, incitement which the international community is irresponsibly ignoring.

"We will respond with a heavy hand to the brutal murder of Jews who came to pray and were met by reprehensible murderers," Netanyahu said.

In a related vein, Israel's Foreign Minister, Avignor Lieberman concurs with Netanyahu's assessment, including blame placed squarely on Palestinian President Abbas.

Lieberman's published remarks state that "Abbas has deliberately turned the conflict into a religious [one] between Jews and Muslims. The systematic incitement he leads against Jews, including his statement that impure Jews may not enter the Temple Mount, provides the guidance for such heinous attacks.

"The international community should condemn Abbas’ anti-Semitic statements, which lead to terrible massacres as happened this morning in the synagogue in Jerusalem."

According to Lieberman, world leaders need to "make it clear that those who act in this way cannot be seen as a legitimate political figures.