"Some Arabs consider themselves the descendants of Abraham, the forefather of the Jewish nation. Ironically, if not for Muhammad's thorough study of the Bible, the Arabs would not have known of the existence of Abraham. Muhammad studied the Bible in order to be better equipped in his attempts to persuade the Jews to follow his newly invented religion. When the Jews refused, he wrote the Koran - the Muslim bible, and filled it with his own imaginary accounts of Biblical events. He even took the liberty to change the God-given day of rest, Saturday - the Sabbath. Since Sunday was already taken by the Christians, he picked Friday as the next-best Muslim day of rest." http://www.think-israel.org/mandelbaum.html
The ancestors of the
Arabs, Abraham's son Ishmael and Esav (Esau), Isaac's son, and their descendants
mainly married Hamites, like Egyptians and Canaanites. Consequently the Arabs
are Hamites. As against this, Isaac and Jacob married women from the bloodline
of Abraham and Sarai who were Shemites. Abram's bloodline is outlined in
Genesis 22:20-29. Nothing is said of Sarai's lineage, but Abraham made it
clear that his request to her to "Say you are my sister"
and 20:2), wasn't
a lie, since she actually was his half-sister - Abram said to king
Whereas children are 50% related to each of unrelated parents and 100% to each other, the 50% Abraham and Sarah's child Yitzchak (Isaac) received from each of their parents, was mixed with genes of both of them. While it will take a mathematician to work out this equation, the mathematics when it comes to Ishmael is easier since his parents were unrelated, his mother being a Hamite from Egypt (Genesis 25:22 ...son (Ishmael), whom Sarah's maidservant, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham. What is important to note, though, is that the percentage Shemite genes in Ishmael's children was halfed by 50% from the 50% he'd received from Abraham. This 50% was again halfed in the next generation and it kept on being halfed down the line - since we can assume that his offspring didn't marry into Isaac's family, except perhaps for a very few exceptions. By the fifth generation his descendants only had 3.2% Shemite genes and it dropped to less than 1% by the tenth generation.
Pres. Bashar Assad of Syria's saying, "we are also Shemites", is therefore technically wrong, although there are exceptions, like with him himself in that it is said that his grandmother was Jewish. His territory and northern Iraq was the area where the Jews originated, causing a sector of the population to be closer to Shemites than the Arabs from, say Edom. They will be, for instance, descendants of Aram, the Chaldeans, etc. That area and part of southern Turkey, was also occupied by a nation whose land Israel was to receive, namely the Hittites, and King David did actually manage to conquer them and occupy their territory, causing Jews to dwell there and increase the percentage Shemite genes in the population. Most of Israel and a proportion of Judah never returned from their exile to Babylon, to "west" of the Jordan river, also increasing the Shemite content of the gene pool in the area east of the Jordan.
Who knows in the end who from among the Arab population might have Jewish blood? A very carnal Arab operating in the Jaffo Gate area of Jerusalem among tourists, once told me that he thought about 25% of the Arabs (in Israel?) have Jewish blood. I was surprised that he of all Arabs, would make such a statement, but it also added credibility to the suspicion I had nurtured that a large number of Arabs were originally Jews who lost their Jewishness due to becoming Muslims (voluntarily or involuntarily).
At the time I had
asked the Arab about the amount of Jewish blood in his people, I also asked
a young Armenian whose father owned a restaurant near Jaffo Gate whether
he wasn't perhaps Jewish. His answer, "chas vachalila" (Hebrew, God forbid)
that I am! This is also the attitude of millions of people among the nations
- until things get so bad in their own countries that they even forge documents
to try to obtain citizenship in Israel. Many, including thousands of Arabs,
just "arrive" in Israel and work illegally, some for many years. In a way
it is probably the fulfillment of prophecies about foreigners helping to
rebuild the land and serve the Jews, viz.
Although some Arabs
have Jewish genes, the general Arab population are Hamites and they exhibit
the phenomenon that they will need to serve their brothers due to Noah's
curse on his son, their forefather, Ham, when he found out that he had dishonored
The Arabs, being Hamites, are inherently bound by the implication of this curse, that manifests in a seeming inability to create employment for themselves and they will mostly, for that reason, always be "Third World" people. In our discussion about the role of crude oil in the Middle East, we made the statement (1997): It is often asked why the Arabs in the Middle East have all the oil while Israel, the land promised to be overflowing with milk and honey, seems to have very little? The question also needs to be asked: has Israel's neighbor's oil been all that much of a blessing to them on a longer term? In other words, WHAT ELSE DO THEY HAVE in terms of intellectual property and industries, apart from those set up by other countries - mostly to manufacture weapons of mass destruction that don't contribute to GDP. In other words, what other than oil contributes to the gross domestic product of Israel and oil producing countries in the Middle East? It is incredibly ironic that industrialized countries in the west have benefited more from the Arab's oil than what they have benefited from it themselves.
It is interesting to
note that this verse implies that the descendants of the three brothers will
always be linked along the lines God knitted them together by means of Noah's
blessings on them. The statement in
"May God extend the territory of Japheth;
Japheth live in the tents of
to understand. All the Jews (Shemites) in the world will eventually return
to Israel, the Promised Land - by their own choice and forced by the world.
Can it, however, be taken literally that Japheth will live in the tents of
Shem? During the 1990s large numbers of non-Jews (Japheth) immigrated illegally
from the former Soviet Union and thousands of others from other countries
such as Rumania, South America, etc., also turned up in Israel (legally and
illegally) to find work. This causes a large contingent of Japheth's descendants
to be present in Israel. In the last days Israel will probably also accommodate
a large number of non-Jewish Zionists refugees who will be persecuted for
their support of Jews and Israel -
Prophetic Wakeup Call!
But these non-Jews
living in Israel cannot possibly be all of Japheth. All we can think
"Japheth living in the tents of Shem" could mean, is that it will
be a manifestation in practice of the promise to Abraham:
you the nations of the world will be blessed".
wonder of it all will be that the nations will even be blessed more abundantly
from blessing Israel according to the promise to Abraham,
"I will bless those who bless
Slave vs free (Hagar vs Sarai)
The present conflict in Israel with the Arabs will probably be resolved in a major battle in which the number of Arabs will be dramatically reduced. Others will again pour in from Arab states (those left) to find employment, but under a new set of rules in which they will not be a threat to Israel. See "They bite the hand that feeds them"
Evn Perach asserted the the following about the present situation in Israel in a letter to Ha'aretz (20 Dec. 2000), titled, "Why are the Arabs in Israel?" :
My question is: If
the Arabs have the right to Israeli land they say they have, why didn't they
develop anything on it before the Jews started returning? It is now so easy
to blame the Jews for insufficient development in areas they occupy and to
try to get things by wailing at the UN, heads of nations and leftist Israeli
humanists and self-centered, defeatist, military men turned politician like
Rabin, Barak, Sharon, Ben Eliezer, etc.].
*1* This desolation can even today be seen in areas of Israel Arabs are
occupying. This phenomenon led to the line separating the so-called "Territories"
from the rest of Israel, being called the "Greenline" since there's very
little "greenery" beyond that line - except for the hills where Jewish
"settlements" have been established -- fulfilling the prophecy,
*2*There wasn't room in the letter to point out that majority of Arabs, now living in Israel and the so-called "refugees", only turned up in Israel (of our day) after the Jews had begun returning to the land in the late 1800s - mainly from eastern Europe - and started creating employment opportunities.