Debkafile: Israel’s failure to deal with Bedouin lawlessness in the Negev exploded into violence over court-ordered demolitions of illegal homes and death of Police 1st Sgt. Erez Levy.
First Sgt. Erez Levy, 34, an officer in the operations branch of the Israel Police, was crushed to death Wednesday morning, Jan. 18, in a car-ramming attack at the Bedouin village of Umm-al-Hiran in the southern Negev region. He was laid to rest that afternoon at the military cemetery in the city of Yavneh. He left behind a wife and two children.”
Opinion: “I against my brother; I and my brother against my cousin; I and my brother and my cousin against the world.”
The old Bedouin saying is an interesting parallel to the prophecy the Angel of the Lord gave to Ishmael’s mother Hagar (Genesis 16:12):
“He shall be a wild man; His hand shall be against every man, And every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
(Bedouin is used commonly to refer to the people who live nomadic lifestyles outside cities and towns. It is popular lore among the Bedouin that they are the descendants of Ishmael, son of Abraham and Hagar)
At the age of 137, Ishmael died and was gathered to his people. The proof that the prophecy of Ishmael’s wild temperament would be fulfilled in Ishmael’s descendants can be found in his lineage Genesis 25:12-17. After his death, Ishmael’s 12 sons and tribes lived in the area of Havilah as far as Shur, which is east of Egypt.
Genesis 25:18 is a chilling reminder the prophecy the Angel of the Lord gave to Hagar of her son’s wild temperament was passed to Ishmael’s descendants:
“And they dwelled from Havilah to Shur that upon the face of the Egypt as one goes toward Assyria in defiance against all his brothers.”
The Sinai is the ancient home of Amalek, the illegitimate grandson of Esau, whom God swore to have war against (Ex 17:16), and Moses instructed the Israelites to pray against (Deut. 25:17).
(excerpt: Blood Feud, coming soon)