Who owns the Middle East? Is the real battle going on in the Middle East about who owns the land or about religion? You would think when you hear people talk about
land for peace that it is all about real estate. It is not, but there are some real estate issues involved. We know who held the original land grant—all the land from the Nile River in Egypt to the Euphrates River in Iraq was granted to a man named Abraham in perpetuity.
So Abraham had the deed of covenant. If you have ever bought a house, you know that there is a contract first and then a closing. Sometimes, possession takes place at closing. Sometimes at another date specified in the contract. We know that the Sons of Abraham’s first son Ishmael are the Arabs. We know that the first distribution of property out of the estate was the Arabian peninsula to the sons of Ishmael. They may also have gotten part of Iraq.
In addition to Ishmael, there were the two sons of Lot, Moab and Ammon born out of an incestuous relationship between Lot and his daughters. These families lived on that part of the land just on the other side of the Jordan, at the sufferance of Abraham’s family. If you take a look at the maps in the back of your Bible, you can probably find them easily.
But you may also notice another name on that map, just south of Moab and Ammon, sitting astride the area just south of the Dead Sea—Edom. This is the last serious claimant to land here apart from the Israelites themselves and his story is fascinating.