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I thought about a nice way to really make peace-in a game.
I don't want to make any problems about understand the game(and I don't really want to think too...) so I'll write everything in Hebrew, and you will translate it to English or Arabic or anything else you'll want, send it to me and I'll copy it to here.

אוקי, המשחק הוא ככה:
הכנות: מתחלקים לשתי קבוצות, כשאחת מייצגת את ישראל, והשניה משתנה- סורים, לבנונים, פלסטינאים וכו'- כל פעם בוחרים מה היא תייצג.
רצוי שמספר המשתתפים יהיה שווה בכל קבוצה, או לפחות כמעט שווה.

המשחק: כל קבוצה צריכה לאסוף מידע על המדינה שאותה היא מייצגת ועל היחס שלה למדינה השניה (וגם על קבוצות פנימיות בכל מדינה), ומגבשת לעצמה מטרות ונקודות עליהן היא יכולה או לא יכולה להתפשר. כששתי הקבוצות מוכנות מתחילים במשא ומתן- כל קבוצה מציגה את העמדה שלה ואת הדרישות שלה, ומנסה להשיג כמה שיותר מהם עם כמה שפחות ויתורים, אבל בלי לשכוח שהמטרה היא, בסופו של דבר, שיהיה הסכם שלום.

ניצחון: המשחק נגמר כשמשיגים הסכם שלום. בשביל לתת אופי של משחק חייב להיות מנצח-אבל איך מחליטים מי ניצח?
הניצחון הוא לא קבוצתי אלא אישי. כל קבוצה בוחרת משתתף אחד מהקבוצה היריבה שעשה לדעתה את המאמץ הגדול ביותר, או את הצעד המרכזי שקידם להשגת הסכם שלום, ובמילים אחרות-מי שיכול לעשות לפוליטיקאים שלנו בית ספר.

הערה: יכול להיות מאוד נחמד, ומאוד רצוי, שישראלים יהיו בקבוצה הערבית וההפך-במשא ומתן חשוב מאוד להבין את הצד השני. כשאתם נרשמים, גם אם לקבוצה של ישראל, תכתבו איזו מדינה אתם מעדיפים שתהיה הקבוצה הלא ישראלית. עד שנבחר מה היא, היא מיוצגת בסימן שאלה. תזכרו שבסופו של דבר נגיע לכל המדינות.
נ.ב. קיים כבר משחק כזה? אם כן תגידו לי, וסליחה שפתחתי סתם

O.K. th games goes like this:
Preparations:
Create two groups, one represents Israel, the 2nd the Syrians, Lebanese, Palestinians etc. (changeable). It is advisable that the number of Players will be equal in both groups or at least nearly equal.

The Game:
Each group needs to collect information on the country it represent and about its relationship with the negotiating country so it will select goals and issues, on which it can or cannot compromise. Information collected must also include internal groups of each country. When the two groups are ready the negotiation starts.
Each group presents its positions and demands and tries to accomplish the maximum achievement with minimum concessions, without forgetting that the goal is a peace agreement.

Winning:
The game is over when you reach a peace agreement. But it won't be a game without a winner. Who wins? Not groups! Every team selects a winner from the opposing team, according to the efforts this person did or a crucial step that helped reach the agreement. In other words, the winner is the one that can teach our politicians a thing or two.

Important remark:
It is desirable that Israelis will be in the Arab groups and vice versa, as it is important to understand the other side.
When you sign up for the game please state on which team you prefer to be. Country selection will be made once the participants list is full (at least 10 members per team).


P.S. is there such game exist? if yes please tell me, and forgive me to start this for nothing.

Shaii Ki

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Dear Shai
Of course you are right - we can play the game as much as we like. The question remains however, why is it that both the desire for peace and the willingness to compromise - which have been amply demonstrated by Israelis and Palestinians alike - are never translated into political innitiative? Israelis and Palestinians, to my experience, express no interest in this question.

My link is:
http://www.mepeace.org/forum/topic/show?id=661876%3ATopic%3A94232&a...

Best
Chen
Very good idea and approach, Shaii

I near to finishing video of debating program,
(that was filmed on 5 August in Arad meeting of Israeli School Gov)
that developed by Doron Tzur, mepeace member
and in the next days this video will be published

I would like to help you to "translate" you game to the Internet Video program

Regards
Hello Shaii,

You idea for a peace game is very good. It could be a board game or a computer game, and many people could help you develop the rules.

I recently came across an advertisement for a computer game called Palestine. The game is being promoted by New Internationalist, and this is what they way about it.

“In this award-winning 3D computer game the player assumes the role of a freelance journalist who has just arrived in Jerusalem armed with a pen, a notepad and their sharp wits. The goal is to create an article by collecting quotes from the dialogue in the game, and then get it published by a newspaper, But be careful what you print, it will affect your standing with both sides of the conflict.
No matter the approach or the chosen alignment, during the course of the game your beliefs and ideas about the conflict will be challenged. You will experience situations – taken from real life events – that are more complicated than outsiders may realize. Age 12+


I have not seen the game in use, so I do not want to recommend it. Not everything I have bought from New Internationalist is as good as they said it would be, but some of their stuff is excellent. They are on the internet, but the only reference I have is an Australian one.

Good luck with your ideas to develop a peace game.
Christine
Are you all in?
Do you want to join the game?
Because I want to make it here- to play on this network, it's not a plan, it's a game, and I wan't to play it, but I can't do it alon, I need you to play with me, so please join-
Name:
Group:
What do you prefer the random grope will be?
dear Shai
I admire your input. You should know that the game you are proposing was already played, with one group representing Israel and the other the Palestinians, more than once. The most recent was the Geneva Accord (Yossi Beilin, Yasser abed Rabo) and the National count - "hamifkad haleumi (Ami Ayalon, Dr. Seri Nusseiba), but there were others, including the glorious Oslo accord, of course. I suppose that they even play this game in some Palestinian-Israeli common workshops. At least some of them were crouned with spectacular success. This success was never translated into reality. The question is: why? to be sure - our leaders, as well as the Palestinian ones, are stupid and irresponsible. But is this the only explanation? Surely you don't believe this.
I invite you to my own discussion.
All the best
Chen
If this game was played few times before, there is no reason we won't play it too =D
Can you give me a link for your discussion?
I'm very sad no one joins my game:(
why don't you join? it will be very fun, and interesting.
please join..
OK, Shaii.
I joined. What's next?
Shai, I didn't know you'd started a group for this! I'll join it right now.

I think the first two steps would be 1) to recruit more players, and 2) to decide what two (or more?) parties will be negotiating,

Oh, but now I notice that the group I see is the "Israel group". Is there also a "Palestine group"? Will each player choose which side to play on?

Blessings,
-Hayyim

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