In order to understand this conflict, you first of all have to understand that Arabs are Ishmaelites.
Ishmael (in the Bible) a son of Abraham, by his wife Sarah’s maid, Hagar, driven away with his mother after the birth of Sarah’s son Isaac (Gen. 16:12). Ishmael (or Isamil) is also important in Islamic belief as the traditional ancestor of Muhammad and of the Arab peoples. – Mac Dictionary
The problem started when Abraham and Sarah lost faith in God’s promise of a son, and tried to circumvent God’s plan.
Genesis 16:1-3 1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her. “Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. NIV
Hagar indeed bore a son to Abraham, and this was Ishmael.
Genesis 16:15-16 15 So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael. NIV
God’s plan would not be thwarted, however, so Sarah would still bear Abraham the son through which His work would be done and His promise kept. God in no way completely rejected Ishmael, however, and actually included him in His plan.
Genesis 17:19-21 19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. 21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.”
Since God’s plan and promises were to be worked out through Sarah, not Hagar, God eventually instructed Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away.
Genesis 21:8-12 8 The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, 10 and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.”
11 The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. 12 But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your maidservant. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned. NIV
Though God promised to make Ishmael into a great nation of people, there was also evidently a curse associated with the blessing that was reflected in the temperament of the Arab peoples. This temperament was also reflected in Ishmael himself, as we just saw in the mocking incident above.
Genesis 25:17-18 17 Altogether, Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people. 18 His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the border of Egypt, as you go toward Asshur. And they lived in hostility toward all their brothers. NIV
And, since Hagar was an original Egyption, “all their brothers” includes all the peoples of the surrounding areas, including the descendants of Isaac, the Jews. We still see this today in north Africa, western Asia, eastern Europe, the Indian subcontinent, and of course, the middle east.
This is the longest running conflict in recorded history, and it will never end until God’s plan is fully revealed and completely worked out.
The second thing you have to understand is that Mohammed the Ishmaelite was exactly like the mocking Ishmael and his hostile descendants. He was born into an Arab culture that had completely descended into paganism, and he sought to reform it “the Ishmaelite way.” The best concise history of his exploits I was able to find is here at Mark Riebling’s site.
Here’s how it begins:
“In the year 622 seventy-three citizens of the Arabian city of Medina came to the prophet Mohammed in Mecca and asked him to make Medina his home. Mohammed asked that they protect him with their lives. They asked what reward they would receive should they be killed in the process. He answered: paradise.
In Medina, Mohammed commissioned his lieutenants to raid passing caravans. Over a ten-year period he planned sixty-five campaigns and raids, and personally led twenty-seven of these himself. One fifth of the booty was to be allocated directly to him. Any of the raiders who died while plundering the caravans, Mohammed said, would automatically enter heaven.
In 623 Mohammed organized a band of 300 armed thieves to waylay a rich caravan bound for Mecca from Syria. A force of 900 men from Mecca hurried to defend the caravan. Mohammed personally led his followers to victory, took many prisoners, and put some of them to death.
Because Mohammed had shown a lack of mercy toward the defeated, he was reviled by many Arabs. In Medina, the renown poetess Asma criticized him in rhyming verse. One of Mohammed’s lieutenants, Omeir, made his way into the sleeping woman’s room and plunged his sword so fervently into her breast that it affixed her to the couch. In the mosque the next morning, Mohammed asked Omeir, “Hast thou slain Asma?” “Yes,” answered Omeir, “is there cause for apprehension?” “None,” said Mohammed; “a couple of goats will hardly knock there heads together for it.””
So, the founder if Islam was an Ishmaelite perfectly in keeping with a long line of violent Ishmaelites: Modern day Arabs. To understand the religion Mohammed founded, you next have to understand who “Allah” is, is not… and was.
By far the best exegesis upon this subject is the article Investigationg Allah by the author Al Gharib at Answer Islam. There are some ESOL (English as a SecOndary Language) artifacts in the writing, but it is precisely the author’s mastery of Arabic and related pre-Arabic languages that makes the article so devastating.
Al Gharib’s summary after “Why Allah of the Quran is not the same as Yahweh of the Bible?”
“Christians, should be very careful in discerning between the two beings and not claiming they are one under any excuse. What is genuine and true remains always 100% that way regardless of time or space. No matter how close similarities might be, a 1% difference is very enough to rise all sorts of doubts and very crucial for making the differentiation. In Jesus’ temptation we see that Satan’s greatest desire is to be worshiped and adored as if he is God. To reach that aim and temporal glory, he can get it only through using treachery and deceit. Paul in 2Cor.11:14, warns us that Satan masquerades himself to look like God. So, those assumed similarities should not astonish and lead us to confusion, but rather soberness and cause us alarm.
From the multiple differences, which we have explored above, it is impossible for the Muslims’ Allah to be the same as Yahweh, the God in both the OT and the NT. The differences between the two beings/Gods are numerous and sharp, even to the point where we can confidently state that Allah of the Quran is a replica of Satan of the Bible. Therefore, from a theological stand point Allah must not be associated with Yahweh as being the same God. “
Later, some of his additional notes are quite revealing as well:
“1. Before the “revelation” of the Quran and the victory of Islam, Allah was a familiar deity’s name among the Arabs and one of his main attributes rabbu al-bayti (lord of the house/kaaba), which was preserved in the Quran (Q.106:3). Allah, the lord of the Kaaba, was also known by the name of Hubal.
2. The reason why Muhammad picked up Allah as name for his “God” is because he noticed that the monotheists in Arabia used it commonly as name for their highest deity(s). He also promoted it from a common name to the personal name of his god, which became the official name of him in the Quran.
3. God’s biblical unique personal name, YHWH (the covenant name) has never been mentioned in the Quran, although Muhammad claimed to have received his “revelation” from Him and to “confirm” the Bible. In fact, one of the main reasons why the Jews and Christians refused to support Muhammad’s message is because he failed to mention or know the proper name of the divine, YHWH, which is one of the essential requirement for a true prophet to know and use (Deu.13:1-3, 18:20-22). Instead, he kept insisting that Allah is the name, which contradicts the Bible.
4. Christians, who translated the Bible into Arabic, used Allah as generic name for Jehovah based on the pre-Islamic context of its use and tradition of Christians and Jews who were living in Arabia before the rise of Islam. In other terms, they use it in its pagan (Jahiliya) context not its Islamic one, which prevailed and almost destroyed the oldest meaning.”
So, 1) “Allah” is a pre-Islamic pagan deity’s name; “Allah” is, 2) not synonymous with YHWH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and “Allah” was 3) in fact a pagan moon god. Even Mohammed’s father’s name had “allah” in it: Abd-Allah, usually rendered Abdullah.
It’s a very long article, but you should read the whole thing.
Now that we understand the Ishmaelite and pagan origins of Islam, the Jew hatred is easy to understand. The descendants of Ishmael carry a deep grudge from being cast out, and they wish to deny the Jews their rightful place as The People of God’s Promise. In fact, Moslems call them The People of the Book to avoid this inconvenient reality.
Ironically, it doesn’t have to be this way at all, of course, as all mankind is invited to join The Lamb of God at the victory party. And, of course, many Arabs have done just that, and when they do – as with all of us who have – The Holy Spirit tempers their nature and they join The Body. This is, by the way, why we can’t just “kill them all”: There will be legions of Ishmaelites in The Kingdom who did not fall prey to Islam.
One of the primary litmus tests I use to determine if someone is truly a Follower of The Way I call “The Hatred Test”: If someone claims to be a Christian and hates Jews, they in fact are on the side of The Enemy of All Mankind. In fact, anyone who hates Jews or Israel – whether they consider themselves religious or not – well, Satan has them by the short and curlys. Likewise for Arab hatred: You simply can’t be a Follower of The Way if you hate entire groups blindly, rather, the righteous only hate evil (And, hatred of evil is the heart of righteousness).
Islam’s hatred for the Jews covers all of Christendom as well, because Christians have been grafted onto the Israelite vine, and now share fully in the Promise of God.
Moslems even put a cemetery in front of the so-called Golden Gate of Jerusalem in a vain attempt to prevent the Jewish Messiah form entering as prophesied, because it is forbidden for a High Priest to walk in a cemetery. It ought to be noted that this is also the gate The Lamb of God will return through (Which many believe to be the same thing: The return of Christ will be to the Jews their Messiah; It only makes sense).
Somehow, I don’t think God will be hindered by this cemetery.