Jewish worshippers returned to a Jerusalem synagogue that was the site of a deadly attack the previous day as Palestinians brace for more punitive demolitions amid soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
Meanwhile, Israeli security forces early today demolished the home of the Palestinian who killed two people in October in an attack on commuters at a crowded light rail platform in Jerusalem.
Premier Benjamin Netanyahu had said Israel would take strict measures to deal with a rising wave of Palestinian attacks.
At the synagogue in the west Jerusalem neighbourhood of Har Nof – attacked yesterday by two Palestinian cousins wielding meat cleavers, knives and a handgun – people sought comfort in prayer.
Four of the dead were rabbis and one was a police officer who died of his wounds hours after the attack.
Three of the rabbis were born in the United States and the fourth was born in the UK, although all held dual Israeli citizenship. Five others were wounded.
Gavriel Cohen said the attack showed “that our future in this world is dependent on God”.