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PeaceMaker
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Over simplified - fails to deal with core issues; mis-states goals

The game is a nice concept poorly executed. It is unrealistic because it papers over the core reasons for continuing conflict.
For example The game states that the goal of the militants (Hamas etc) is to end the "Israeli occupation". If only it were that simple! The clearly stated goal of Hamas (in its manifesto) is to end Jewish sovereignty over the whole of Israel, not just the West Bank & Gaza. Similarly it states that the economic & political development of the Palestinians is a core goal of the Arab states. Unfortunately this is not true of many Arab states. Their goal is to keep the current Arab regimes in power. The Arab states, despite their oil riches, contribute very little to PA economic development. The EU and US contribute orders of magnitude more.
The game also fails to deal with the history of the conflict pre 1920 or even mention the Holocaust as a factor in Israel's creation. The pre 1920 history of the conflict is very important to both Arabs and Jews and shapes their understanding of current issues to a degree not easily understood by the West.
Its a real pity that this game didn't have more depth, complexity and accurate goals. It might have made it harder to win the Nobel Peace prize but would have been far more educational.

by Andrew Hamilton, Australia - Apr 9th 2007
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