The extra security provoked days of unrest, with violent clashes on the streets of East Jerusalem.
"[You are] taking care of your al-Aksa Mosque, your land, your dignity, your people, your religion and your holy sites". Mr Abbas said he will maintain the freeze on contacts with Israel, including security co-ordination, unless all measures go back to what they were before July 14th. He said if they are there then "we reject it".
The Palestinians were furious about the metal detectors, accusing Israel of violating freedom of worship and trying to seize control of the third holiest place in Islam.
It was unclear whether Israel's removal of the railings and overhead bridge would meet the demands, but Palestinians danced, chanted "God is Great" and set off fireworks early Thursday.
Despite the removal Tuesday morning of the metal detectors, Muslim worshippers have continued to stay away.
In order to put an end to this violence, Israel made a decision to remove the metal detectors and security cameras from from the Lions' Gate, the eastern entrance to the Old City and the Temple Mount.
Israeli authorities said the metal detectors were needed because the July 14 attackers smuggled guns into the site and emerged from it to attack the officers. The Palestinians claim Israel exploits the issue of security as a way of consolidating its illegal occupation. Even the smallest perceived change to delicate arrangements pertaining to the site sparks tensions.
Once the metal detectors were put in place, Muslims refused to enter the Temple Mount, instead praying outside of its gates, leading to clashes and the deaths of at least 5 Palestinians in recent days.
The continued standoff highlighted the deep distrust between Israel and the Palestinians when it comes to the holy site.
The area is called the Temple Mount by Jews and is the holiest site in Judaism.
Muslims believe the site marks the spot from which the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.
A senior member of Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government has criticized Israel's dismantling of security devices outside a major Jerusalem shrine.