The Palestinian, 26, from east Jerusalem, pulled out a knife from his pocket and attempted to stab one of them.
Israel’s army says its forces have shot dead two Palestinians who allegedly stabbed and wounded a soldier in the West Bank.
The incidents are the latest in three months of unrelenting violence.
The Palestinian health ministry said that the assailants were Mohammed Sabaaneh, aged 17, and Nur Eddine Sabaaneh, 23, from Qabatia near Jenin in the north of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Twenty-one Israelis and one USA citizen were killed since the current wave of ongoing violence started in October, in lone wolf stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks perpetrated by Palestinians.
Over the weekend the Duvdevan special forces unit and Binyamin Brigade Engineering Corps units mapped out the Kalandiya home of the two deceased terrorists, Isa Wa’anan and Muhammad Khamad, who carried out the deadly stabbing attack at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
Early Sunday morning a soldier, 21, was stabbed in the back near Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station, the Israel Defense Forces said.
The police fired stun grenades and rubber-coated bullets, injuring around 20 people, Palestinian emergency services said.
An Israeli soldier was wounded, reportedly with a broken leg, after a 56-year-old Palestinian man, named locally as Maher al-Naimi, allegedly drove his auto into him.
On Christmas Day, twenty-two-year-old Hani Rafiq Wahdan was shot in the head and killed during weekly Friday demonstrations in the Gaza Strip, and on the evening, Mahdia Hammad was shot dead after Israeli soldiers said she attempted to run her vehicle into a group of Israeli soldiers in Silwad, near Ramallah.
Palestinian leaders say a young generation sees no hope for the future living under Israeli security restrictions and with a stifled economy. The site, Islam’s holiest outside Saudi Arabia, is also revered by many Jews as a vestige of their biblical temples.
Israel says the unrelenting violence is fanned by a Palestinian campaign of lies and incitement.
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