Kenyatta acknowledged Kenyan frustration at how long it was taking security forces to resolve the crisis but urged people to be patient and give the police and army time.
"With professionals on site, I assure Kenyans that we have as good a chance to successfully neutralize the terrorists as we can hope for."
In Jerusalem, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson said Israel does not comment on its security cooperation with other countries. He added it does not appear that Israel or Israelis were being specifically targeted as they have been in previous attacks in Kenya.
In 2002, terrorists bombed an Israeli-owned hotel in the resort town of Mombasa and tried unsuccessfully to shoot down a plane carrying Israeli tourists.
Since then, cooperation between the two countries has increased.
In 2012, Kenyan authorities arrested two Iranian agents in Mombasa and charged them with planning to use explosives to attack Israeli-owned resorts.
This year, Israel’s spy agency Mossad reportedly helped Kenya investigate the massive fire that heavily damaged Nairobi’s international airport.
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Special correspondent Soi reported from Nairobi and Times staff writer Dixon from Johannesburg, South Africa.