My thesis in response to Will's article: Four factions derived from controversies surrounding Abraham's story cause the world's woe and the antagonists could easily stop the misery and loss by iteratively-collaborating with the people for Security.
Chapter XI Machiavellianism emerged from canonization of the Torah and the rest of the Old Testament. Four thousand years ago, the Jews contemplated, perhaps originated, monotheism and considered themselves as chosen people through whom the world would be saved. With the woeful Security we experience in 2017, the Jewish belief is not of itself a threat: Religious beliefs in a civic culture are private. In other words, real-no-harm religious associations may hope they are chosen people without disturbing civic morality. A civic people may contribute to Security first and beliefs second.
However, Genesis 16:10-12 is disparaging toward the Arabs. The expressions are judgmental, civically immoral, and beg woe. Seventeen hundred years ago, the Catholic Church, with no intent to resolve that Jew v Arab conflict, canonized a Bible that claims God chooses believers. The chosen believe in Jesus. Thus, salvation is available to everyone who is elected by God to believe Jesus. And only 48 years ago there emerged skin-colored Christianity: black theology holds white church as oppressor. Consequently, four biblical factions are at civic and practical war: the Jews, the Arabs, and the victim v oppressor Christians. And each of the factions has factions.