Top 10 Arab-Israeli Wars Games
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Below is my Top 10 list of games covering the Arab-Israeli Wars, namely the 1948 Arab–Israeli War (a/k/a First Arab-Israeli War or 1948 War of Independence); The Suez Crisis (a/k/a the Tripartite Aggression, Suez War, or Second Arab-Israeli War); Six-Day War (a/k/a War of 1967, the June War, 1967 Arab-Israeli War, or Third Arab-Israeli War); and/or The Yom Kippur War (a/k/a Ramadan War, or October War, the 1973 Arab–Israeli War, or the Fourth Arab–Israeli War). These are games that meet substantially all of the following criteria: (1) focuses on the Arab-Israeli Wars; (2) can be strategic in scale or covering individual battles of the Arab-Israeli Wars; (3) primarily a wargame, but can address elements of the political, diplomatic and economic pressures associated with the Arab-Israeli Wars; (4) addresses the "theme" in an interesting or compelling manner that leaves the player with a better understanding of the Arab-Israeli Wars(and its various aspects); and (5) fun to play (understanding that this can be very subjective, especially for wargames). This is a list of the BEST! As always, your mileage may vary and some entries may be "controversial." As such, please feel free to comment, debate, or just express your own point of view. Feel free to thumbsup this list (to draw attention and more comments) or any pleasing, interesting or thought provoking entries. If I missed one that you feel is essential or I am "insane for not listing" (trust me, it has been said before), then by all means let the comments fly . . . just be civil. FYI - I am a sucker for comments and discussion and usually thumbsup most if not all of them.

I find that these lists sometimes are helpful for others seeking similar games and the more rich the discussion for more useful the list.

For a complete listing of my Top 10 lists, see--MetaList: Nap's Top 10 Lists.

As always, thanks for reading and participating!

NOTE: Where I have included quotes from BGG users, I have included the BGG user name in parentheses.
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1. Board Game: Elusive Victory: The Air War over the Suez Canal, 1967-1973 [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:3296]
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Uses the excellent Downtown system to portray the air war over the Sinai in '67, '70, and '73. Plenty of scenarios and unlike Downtown, both sides get to launch missions during the same game which creates a more interactive dynamic.

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2. Board Game: Bar-Lev: The Yom-Kippur War of 1973 [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:4598]
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John Hill did well here. He used a "split screen" approach having separate fronts on different sections of the game map: Suez Front and Syrian Front. The air module is almost a complete game in itself. This game has everything from helicopter raids to fortified kibbutzim. A true three-player game that pits Egyptians and Syrians against the Israeli. An exciting game!

--Paul Denhup (PAYDIRT)
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3. Board Game: IDF (Israeli Defense Force) [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:4784]
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This is the sister to MBT. IDF uses the same rules. If you can play MBT, you can jump right into IDF. This game was designed to replace "The Arab Israeli Wars." IDF covers the 1967 and 1973 wars between Israel and Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. IDF comes with more unit types than MBT and includes 4 more mapboards for the system.

--Joel Toppen (joel_m_toppen)
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4. Board Game: The Arab-Israeli Wars [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:3157]
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Superb simulation of the wars between 48 and 73. Deserves an update to allow 82 and contemporary scenarios. Better than PanzerBlitz or PanzerLeader, though I like them all.

--Nick Rijke (ndrijke)
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5. Board Game: Jerusalem [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:6391]
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Excellent game. Teaches you the importance of combined arms, and coordinated attacks. Clever way of making a map to. The map locks together like a giant 6 piece simple jigsaw puzzle. I have the Mayfair game as well as Todd Davis's DTP remake. Cool Stuff Unlimited does an excellent job with their productions. I have all of the CSU remakes and IMO they are the GMT of DTP. When put together right, they are as good or better than any game on the market.

--Steven Yasulevicz (steveyz)
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6. Board Game: Yom Kippur [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:3093]
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Underappreciated SCS title, IMO.

Just the right amount of chrome.

The differences in the units between the two armies makes for a good solo game.

I usually play just for the enjoyment and experience without obsessing about victory conditions. YMMV.

--Brian Gannon (sassypickle)
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7. Board Game: Suez '73 [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:7970]
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Probably the the best stand-alone game covering the 1973 war. Has a level of detail that is evocative of the battle and the forces involved, and the unique system captures combat as it swings from static to mobile. Personally, I love the game, but you have to be both good and lucky to win as the Egyptians. We've seen this only once.

--John Mundie (Mundster)
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8. Board Game: October War [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:4738]
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The height of playable SPI tactical armored combat systems! Sublime.

--Mark Kolenski (spinoza)
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9. Board Game: The Sands of War [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:6284]
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Frank Chadwick's tour de force of modern wargaming, this game's scope is unprecedented: 50 years of conflict in North Africa and the Middle East. Incredibly, it works. The basic system is a modernized version of Dunnigan's classic Panzerblitz. This basic system requires only seven pages of rules, with advanced rules covering topics such as helicopters, aircraft, and chemical weapons split out so that they can be ignored if not needed. The historical research is breathtaking, with detailed notes describing each war and each scenario. The orders of battle provided for the large number of scenarios are also very impressive. The game system itself handles modern warfare (WWII to the Gulf War) very well, although the Arab-Israeli and Iran-Iraq scenarios probably come off best. Most of the scenarios play in a very reasonable amount of time, although setup time can be a bit high. Excellent support is given for design-your-own and campaign scenarios. This is probably the best simulation available of platoon-level combat in the modern era, although it does have a few problems. The same hex combat and hits on stacks rules could use some tweaking, for example. Overall, though, this game does a great job at showing the realities of modern combat: why tanks reign supreme in open terrain but are at a serious disadvantage to infantry in urban areas, why artillery causes the most casualties on the battlefield, etc.

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10. Board Game: Crisis: Sinai 1973 [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:6795]
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Great game, with the right complexity and detail. Takes some time to get into but it pays off.

--Jonas Sjöberg (Janos)
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