There has been considerable unrest over the Temple Mount in recent weeks. Muslims started a rumor that Israel is digging under the Temple Mount, in order that it will collapse and bring down the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement this morning to reassure local Arabs that the rumor is completely untrue.
There has been digging under the Temple Mount, however, in recent times, although not by the Israelis but by the Muslims. A few years ago truck loads of dirt were removed from under the Temple Mount in order for the Muslims to construct a huge mosque beneath the Temple Mount in an area known as Solomon's Stables. In doing so, they removed so much dirt that the walls holding up the Temple Mount on both the south side and the east side began to buckle. The buldges in the walls have been repaired; however, there is little doubt digging by the Muslims weakened the entire structure. It would not take much of an earthquake to bring down the buildings on the Temple Mount. Knowing this, the Muslims want the blame to be placed on Israel, not on themselves, should such a disaster occur. In the meantime, this present rumor about Israel digging under the Temple Mount was started by Muslim leaders to further the unrest over the Temple Mount and support their claim that the entire Temple Mount belongs to the Muslims.