US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump Avi Ohayon, Flash 90

The White House on Saturday issued a statement condemning Friday's terror attack and praised Israel's decision to close the Temple Mount to Muslims.

On Friday, three terrorists with firearms carried out an attack which killed two policemen and wounded a third.

"Yesterday, the Holy City of Jerusalem – which means 'City of Peace' – became a scene of terror," the White House statement said. "The people of the United States are heartbroken that terrorists brutally gunned down two Israeli police officers, and we extend our prayers and sympathies to the families of the victims. The United States strongly condemns the terror attack."

"There must be zero tolerance for terrorism. It is incompatible with achieving peace and we must condemn it in the strongest terms, defeat it, and eradicate it.

"The attack forced the government of Israel to temporarily close the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif to conduct its investigation. Israel has assured the world that it has no intention to alter the status of this holy site, a decision which the United States applauds and welcomes.

"We urge all leaders and people of good faith to be understanding as this process proceeds and reaches its conclusion."

Following the attack, Israel closed the Temple Mount to allow security forces to search the area for weapons and additional terrorists. Later, Israel also closed the Old City to Muslims who do not live there. Both decisions remain in effect until further notice, and include employees of the Waqf (the extremist Muslim authority which runs the Temple Mount).