Palestinian stabs Israeli officer in Jerusalem, shot dead

Samri added that the attacker is a 57 year old Jordanian man who entered the country a week ago on a tourist Visa, and added that the police is still investigating his background, including the reason of his visit.

In an act of unmitigated chutzpah, Jordan on Saturday evening pointed a finger of blame at Israel for shooting dead a Jordanian citizen since the police officer was not seriously wounded, signaling the shooting of the terrorist was unjustified.

"The terrorist rushed toward him, whipped out a knife that he had in his possession, stormed him and began stabbing him".

"Before he was overpowered, the assailant stabbed (with a knife) a police officer who was hospitalized in a state of moderate severity", - stated in the message. "Each of them was personal or psychological reasons", - said the press service of the police.

"The security footage clearly shows a Jordanian tourist stabbing an Israeli police officer with a knife", the bureau's statement said.

In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement that Israel expected Jordan to condemn the attack.

And Palestinian media outlets are reporting that in response to the attack, Israeli forces have restricted access to al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam.

The Jordanian minister condemned the crime and demanded Israel to reveal all the details about the crime. During that same time, Israeli forces have killed some 245 Palestinians.

At least 244 Palestinians have been killed since the violence began. Others died during clashes and protests. Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule.