But Al-Aqsa mosque officials and worshippers have rejected new security measures put in place by Israel, including placing metal detectors and cameras.
The three assailants, described as Arab-Israeli men of Palestinian heritage, were killed by security forces near the scene of the attack at the Lions' Gate, which is situated directly northeast of the Temple Mount compound, the Israeli Broadcasting Corp.
Far-right members of Netanyahu's government have publicly urged him to keep the devices in place, but Israeli media reports said security chiefs were divided over the issue amid concerns of wider protests in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
"I'm reading in the worldwide press about heavy pressure leveled at Prime Minister Netanyahu to give up our security needs on Temple Mount and cancel the metal detectors placed at the entrance, just as there are metal detectors at the Kotel and in Mecca", said Education Minister Naftali Bennett. MK Ahmed Tibi said the metal detectors should be removed, calling them a provocation that "alters the status quo".
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Tensions remain high ahead of Friday prayers when thousands of Muslims usually flock to Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam's third holiest site.
He also said that these measures are a clear violation of global human rights law.
Israel dispersed those gathered to pray outside on Monday evening because they posed "a threat" to the safety of the security officers and other road users, according to police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri. Any perceived changes to the delicate arrangements at the site can spark tensions. The attackers immediately ran to the Temple Mount compound where they were shot dead by police.
Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.
Jews revere the site, where the two Jewish temples stood in biblical times, as the Temple Mount.
Israel closed the site for two days following the attack, angering Muslims and Jordan, the site's custodian.