interesting, Rabbithen how do you explain the one alleged as Elijah? Who is always a Teeshbeet, and has never been considered as an alleged Jew.
however, "Tishbite" means that he was born in Tishbe, a place near Kedesh-Naphtali (Tobit 1:2)
the sages said he belonged to the tribe of Gad
so no, Elijah wasn't a gentile as Christians would like to believe
but Rabbi, there was no distinction between Israelites and gentiles before Jacob/Israeli am sorry but i am not buying your statement, since there are others like Enoch, Noach, and Avraham, who are not considered as Jews either.