Israeli police said the metal detectors were needed because guns were smuggled into the site and the assailants emerged from it to carry out the attack.
Israeli Prime Minister publicly defended his decision to remove metal detectors and other security measures from the Temple Mount, calling it a hard choice, but one made with a broad view.
Israel installed metal detectors and security cameras after a July 14 attack near the Haram al-Sharif, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, in which gunmen killed two policemen.
It is time for the worldwide community to recognize this and stop enabling radicals to use the Palestinian people as pawns in their greater agenda, transparent to everyone, including all Muslims: to obliterate Israel through delegitimization.
Palestinians near Jerusalem's Old City protest Israel's installation of metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount, although the metal detectors had already been removed days before, on July 28, 2017.
That, however, brought fierce criticism from the far-right flank of Netanyahu's own conservative coalition. However, as Prime Minister of Israel, as the person who bears the responsibility for Israel's security, I must make the decisions with coolness and discretion.
The Foreign Ministry said is also to ensure this issue and the question of Al Quds Al Sharif continue to command the attention of the worldwide community, with a view to exerting pressure on Israel to abide by its obligations in accordance with global law and global humanitarian law.
The revered site is the third-holiest site in Islam and the most sacred for Jews as the site of the first and second ancient temples.
A Palestinian teenager posted on Facebook his intention to become a "martyr", before entering the home of a Jewish family in the West Bank and slaughtering three of its members.
The Al Aqsa Mosque was closed for Friday prayers last week after three Palestinian men and two Israeli police were killed during an armed clash in its compound.