Jewish settler groups are digging an extensive tunnel network under Muslim areas of Jerusalem's Old City while building a ring of settlements around it to bolster their claim to the disputed city in any future peace deal, anti-settlement campaigners have told The Times.
One group, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, said that settler tunnels could one day extend under the al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third-holiest site, and claimed that extremists could use the access route to attack the structure in an attempt to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state. Settler groups flatly deny such allegations.
[money quote from Useful Idiot, Meir Margalit, field co-ordinator for the anti-demolitions committee]
“Our main concern is that as the extreme Right feel existentially threatened as to any real potential for withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories, they may try to prevent it by committing a cataclysmic act that would change the course of history,” he said, citing the 1995 assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the Prime Minister, by an Israeli extremist because of his commitment to the Oslo peace deal.
What he meant to say was, "Our main concern is that as the Palestinians feel existentially threatened whenever archaeological Jewish History is uncovered in Jerusalem, they will try to prevent it by committing acts of terror."