This has to be one of the silliest thread topics that has gotten five pages on these forums. It's right up there with "Why isn't Hitler a leader of Germany?" They should not be added in because there is so much controversy surrounding them, AND they have tied themselves so closely to their past. The arguements of "Well there's alot of controversy surrounding the Arab states but THEY'RE in the game" is ridiculous, because Arabia doesn't exist anymore, certainly not in the way that Civilization is presenting them. No one currently believes George Washington to be a controvertial figure. King David is a controvertial figure because the Israelites still closely tie themselves to him, as do many within the Christian faith. The true problem is that Israel, and everything associated with it, are largely seen in a religious context, not a political one. Civilization is a political game, not a religious one. For the love of all that is holy, why do people even think this might be a good idea?