Earthquakes and Mughrabi
Hashem1.net has a very interesting post where he mentions that 2 earthquakes hit Israel just minutes from each other over Shabbat, with the second having a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter's scale. Multiple earthquakes can signify the birth-pangs of the earthquake mentioned in Zecharia. However, there is a further significance. These 2 earthquakes were 3 years - almost to the day - after the earthquake that damaged the bridge to the Mughrabi gate (also known as the Rambam gate), near the Kotel. He says that the following Gemara in Sanhedrin 98a may be referring to the Mughrabi gate:
שאלו תלמידיו את רבי יוסי בן קיסמא אימתי בן דוד בא אמר מתיירא אני שמא תבקשו ממני אות אמרו לו אין אנו מבקשין ממך אות א"ל לכשיפול השער הזה ויבנה ויפול ויבנה ויפול ואין מספיקין לבנותו עד שבן דוד בא
The students of R' Yosi Ben Kisma asked their rabbi, "When will the son of David come?" He answered, "I'm afraid you might request a sign from me." They said to him, "We will not request a sign from you." He told them, "When this gate will fall, and be rebuilt, and fall, and be rebuilt, and fall, and there won't be a chance to rebuild it until the son of David comes."
Hashem1.net quotes the Maharal, who says that this gate is not referring to a gate in Rome, but rather, a gate in Yerushalayim.
He says that perhaps the earthquakes that occurred over Shabbat were a heavenly sign that the earthquake of 3 years ago were more significant than at first thought. Is this why the protests were so vehement from Islamic leaders, who know all this as well from their traditions? As Hashem1.net concludes, ברוך יודע תעלומות.