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Israeli Independence

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Darin Leviloff
Play Time:
30 minutes or less

2008 CSR Award Nominee

Israeli Independence, by designer Darin A. Leviloff, is an introductory level solitaire wargame that tells the rich and engaging story of the First Arab-Israeli War – Israel's War for Independence. Five Arab armies, poised at the borders of the newly declared state, launch their determined invasions, and each must be pushed back in turn before any reaches West Jerusalem, the new Israeli capital.

As the headlines unfold and the vast forces of the Arab League relentlessly press forward, can you successfully allocate the precious few resources of the new Israeli Defense Force (IDF) to conduct daring offensives that will send them reeling back? Can you push the Arab legions back so far that an armistice can be achieved and these threats removed? Or will you be overwhelmed and defeated, seeing Zionist aspirations crushed?

Wargames recreate situations so that they can be studied and played, and Israeli Independence is particularly well suited to classroom use. The included BattLessonTM article helps explain this useful and fascinating field of study: wargaming.

Game Components:

• One 2-page, full-color game Rules sheet
• One 8½" x 11" paper game map
• Eight color, die-cut 5/8" mounted game pieces
• 24 Headline cards
• One 2-page BattLessonTM sheet
• Polybag packaging and component storage


Game Design: Darin A. Leviloff
Documentation and Development: Alan Emrich
Map Art: Vince DeNardo
Playtesting: Dina Bedak, M. Evan Brooks, Vince DeNardo, Daniel Gray, Cody Leviloff, Truman Pollard III


Israeli Independence by Aidan Degg (BoardGameGeek)
In summary, I was hugely impressed with this game. It's a great little solitaire pick (and I do enjoy solo play). I'm loving the small amount of pieces, easy storage, and small table footprint. ... Everything just works and I can see myself picking up the expansion.
Going Back to the Roots by Morten Monrad Pedersen (The Thematic Solitairist)
Israeli Independence is a much better game than I expected, and it can still hold its own as a fun board game. ... If you want a light filler that’s easy to learn and can be set up and played in five minutes, then Israeli Independence is worth your consideration, and if you’re interested in the history and design of the States of Siege series, then I’d definitely get it.

2 Reviews

  • 5
    Israeli Independence

    Posted by Christopher Salvatore on Dec 31st 2018

    First off, this may not be a completely unbiased opinion because I am a huge fan of the States of Siege games and I am quite put out that most of them are temporarily out of print but here goes; Israeli Independence is a great game in a little bag. It plays quickly, one can play two or three games in under 90 minutes and it has a small foot print for those that don't have a lot of space. Another thing that I appreciate is that the game doesn't claim to be anything other than what it is; an abstract simulation of the Israeli war of independence. Best of all, for me, is the awesome historical text on each card. I spent 30 minutes before I started playing just reading the cards. My last praise is the historical value of the game. I taught my son how to play and he sat there and played three games. After he was done he kept out the cards that he had questions about like, "I want to know more about Mickey Marcus." This game stimulates questions as well as critical thought. Brilliantly done Mr. Leviloff, Mr. Emrich, Mr. DeNardo and Victory Point Games.

  • 5
    Israeli Independence

    Posted by Mike B on Dec 28th 2018

    Very nicely done game. Very simple to learn and you actually learn something as you play if you choose to. Plays quickly and easily, nice entry into war games.