Scene of the Har Nof massacre
Scene of the Har Nof massacreYonatan Sindel/Flash90

Hamas and Islamic Jihad have hailed this morning's massacre at a Jerusalem synagogue, in which four worshipers were murdered and many more wounded by Palestinian terrorists.

In a statement, the Hamas terrorist group said it was "a response to the murder of the martyr Yusuf Ramuni," referring to a Palestinian bus driver who committed suicide on Monday but whose death Islamists have been blaming on "settlers."

"The operation in Jerusalem is a response to the murder of the martyr Yusuf Ramuni and to the series of crimes by the occupier at Al-Aqsa and Hamas calls to continue these operations," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.  

"Hamas calls for more operations like it."  

Islamic Jihad echoed the comments in a separate statement.  

"Islamic Jihad salutes the operation in Jerusalem which is a natural response to the crimes of the occupier," it said.

In Tuesday morning's terrorist attack, two Muslim terrorists stormed a synagogue in the Jerusalem suburb of Har Nof armed with knives, axes and a pistol and proceeded to butcher Jewish worshipers during morning prayers.

Police who arrived at the scene shortly after shot dead both attackers, who are believed to both be Arab residents of Jerusalem.

AFP contributed to this report.