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Google Street View Gets Israeli Government's Nod

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the just-keeping-an-eye-on-things dept.

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hypnosec writes "Israel's Justice Ministry has decided to give its approval to Google's Street View services to feature 360 degree images of the country's streets, according to a new, confirmed report. The ministry also assured that Tel Aviv's Law, Information and Technology Authority will cause no worries for Google from now on when it comes to deploying its sophisticated photography equipment in the streets, as well as in posting the photographs taken on its map service."

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I'm confused ... (0)

drnb (2434720) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175324)

I'm having a hard time figuring out how this improves security in Israel. I can't imagine this being allowed unless there was some security benefit.

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

ThisIsSaei (2397758) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175358)

Why is that? I'd assume that without security risk it would get the go-ahead. We're not talking about China/North Korea.

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

drnb (2434720) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175516)

Because my first guess is that it is a security risk given the bad things that occasionally occur there, for example it simplifies the bad guy's preparation - no need to do things in person and possibly engage in suspicious behavior. So there must be some security benefit that I am missing.

Re:I'm confused ... (2)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175544)

They'd just post 25 armed guards and bomb-detectors at each endangered location for a short time as the Google car drives by.

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

MrL0G1C (867445) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176446)

Yeah because the google staff have a long history of committing terrorist attacks, DUH.

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

Ksevio (865461) | more than 3 years ago | (#37177994)

That would be kind of funny to see the resulting images then - I'm thinking the same group of soldiers would be appearing in many parts of the city.

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

Slash.research_Kat (2195516) | more than 3 years ago | (#37178158)

google street view bloopers are pretty funny :)

Re:I'm confused ... (4, Informative)

ThisIsSaei (2397758) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175556)

I think you're coming at this from a very Western Lens. (Well, I assume.)

Israel's approach to security isn't as generalized as to find taking pictures [as an isolated action] suspicious, and with the healthy tourism it wouldn't really be effective anyway. They employ more direct security strategies (profiling, fast-reaction, military presence, road-blocks in hot areas, etc) as a deterrent and response. The Hamas MO also doesn't seem to attack landmarks/buildings either; Rocket barrages, directly attacking bus-lines, and kidnapping soldiers on patrol don't require much in the way of intel pictures.

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

drnb (2434720) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175592)

Western lens, absolutely. For example I was thinking exfiltration/escape routes, as a pilot may study terrain imagery to familiarize with possible routes. However on second thought the bad guys don't seem to need that so much.

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 3 years ago | (#37177404)

Suicide bombers don't really need to plan on evasion and escape. Just sayin'.

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

drnb (2434720) | more than 3 years ago | (#37179848)

Western lens, absolutely. For example I was thinking exfiltration/escape routes, as a pilot may study terrain imagery to familiarize with possible routes. However on second thought the bad guys don't seem to need that so much.

Suicide bombers don't really need to plan on evasion and escape. Just sayin'.

I think we are both sayin that. :-)

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

danish94 (2427678) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175564)

Knowing how the street looks is not really an issue for a would be attacker. They know where the crowded places are, and information on bus (a primary target) movement and schedule is available online. so this is not much of risk, and not enough to disallow the street view. I would be less surprised to see it banned for privacy reasons that for security reasons.

Re:I'm confused ... (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:I'm confused ... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175390)

This story is about Israel, not the USA.

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

ThisIsSaei (2397758) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175574)

Ok? As far as daily life goes, the two countries are very close. Israel feels like a more... rude NYC.

Re:I'm confused ... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175426)

Yeah, I know. It's hard to remember what it was like when things that weren't explicitly prohibited or dangerous were allowed by default. It's called "law and order". I'm afraid you've been subject to a police state for so long you've forgotten what it's like to not have to ask for permission, or to encounter "reason" when you do.

Israel has 1000 times greater exposure to security risk than America, however they see no reason to object to Google Street view, while America the brave is afraid someone might photograph the TSA checkpoints. ...Pathetic cowardice. Laughing stock of the world.

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

drnb (2434720) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175524)

Or maybe they see some security benefit to it. Your rant is hardly evidence to the contrary.

Re:I'm confused ... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175450)

> I'm having a hard time figuring out how this improves security in Israel.

Israel is as secure as possible.

Your country is as paranoid as possible.

Big difference.

Re:I'm confused ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175554)

Israel's security exists only as a result of US funding. Google have probably donated billions of dollars to Israel. (Quietly, of course.) Ergo, Israel is now safer.

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

danish94 (2427678) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175610)

And why would google waste billions of dollar just to add israel to streetView? What benefit is there for google?

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175850)

That feeling of a unique brand image around the world?
It also blocks any politically connected/protected/national champion/ex military start up/telco from doing maps locally and selling ads/telco cellphone ads/maps/deals.
A country without a Google maps is like a company/bureaucracy without MS Word. Its bad to let anyone ever fill the brand name void and create buzz. Best to cut a deal, any deal and stop any competition for cell phone/tablet tracking/local ads.
No directory assistance calls, call records and billing "telco" is going to out map Google. The NSA gets a optical line in deep a region of interest?

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

throwfan (2427974) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175928)

How come no one has yet pointed out that both Sergey and Larry are both Jews, as a reason for those 'donations'? (Maybe Larry is more atheistic, but still.) And that the state of Israel itself is comprised of -- surprise -- Jews?

Re:I'm confused ... (3, Insightful)

shilly (142940) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176122)

What donations? Oh, you mean the donations that could have been made but for which there is no evidence, and whose existence or otherwise is nothing to do with the original article? Maybe that's why no-one has mentioned it. Besides you. Does that make you a nobody? Perhaps it does.

Re:I'm confused ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37176224)

And why would google waste billions of dollar just to add israel to streetView? What benefit is there for google?

They wanted to finally get to use their brand new Google Street View tank. Apparently Google's first choice was Grosny but the Russians turned refused to let them in.

Re:I'm confused ... (1)

GooberToo (74388) | more than 3 years ago | (#37177558)

Google have probably donated billions of dollars to Israel.

This is, of course, an idiotic statement.

Israel's security exists only as a result of US funding.

This is, completely true. The US provides most of its aid to Israel and Egypt. Admittedly, I wouldn't say, "only." "Largely", is far more accurate.

they can track all the pacifists (1)

decora (1710862) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176336)

and other 'enemies of the state', conscientious objectors, etc.

obviously that will improve security.

I wonder how many drivers will get kidnapped (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175326)

I wonder how many drivers will get kidnapped driving through Muslim areas. Google would look like a good potential ransom payer

Re:I wonder how many drivers will get kidnapped (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175362)

Do your homework... Muslim kidnappers don't do it for ransom.

Mostly, they do it to exchange prisoners. I don't think Google has any Muslim prisoners. Do they?

Re:I wonder how many drivers will get kidnapped (0)

Hazel Bergeron (2015538) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175456)

If you're not an idiot then you acknowledge that Google is an information arm of the US government. Count the number of Muslim countries the US military has been contracted out to plunder and you have your answer.

But it wouldn't be effective.

Re:I wonder how many drivers will get kidnapped (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175784)

They're going to be driving around Israel, not the West Bank.

Re:I wonder how many drivers will get kidnapped (1)

Octorian (14086) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176158)

Except if you look at a local map, "The West Bank" doesn't really exist as a marked-off territory. That seems to be a creation of US/western maps. First, the area is locally called "Judea and Samaria." Second, the highway system runs right through it as though it were just another part of the country.

It would be interesting (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175356)

It would be interesting if Google Street exposed all the criminal crimes of Israel towards the palestinian people...

Re:It would be interesting (1)

shilly (142940) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176128)

I'd be more interested if they could expose either the criminal non-crimes or the non-criminal crimes. Tautology is fun to see.

News? (3)

h4x0t (1245872) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175376)

Was it some big deal that google was not allowed to map streets via this method in Israel?

US restricts US companies' sat.photos of Israel (5, Informative)

Penguin (4919) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175548)

There are some real bizarre laws out there. For instance, United States companies are restricted in the resolution of satellite imagery of Israel.

This is truly bizarre, albeit true [motherjones.com] . With the passing of the National Defense Authorization Act [nps.gov] in 1997, private companies in United States aren't allowed to provide high resolution satellite/aerial imagery of Israel. This restriction boggles my mind for a free country. Not that it matters much longer as other countries such as Turkey are going to provide high-resolution imagery of Israel in 2013.

It could be possible to construct a rudimentary "aerial" view by warping street view imagery (of course several areas and building roofs would not get into that picture) however. So yeah, there are some pretty weird restrictions out there.

Re:US restricts US companies' sat.photos of Israel (1)

AJH16 (940784) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176938)

The issue comes from the conflict with Palestine. They are concerned about any highly accurate mapping that could be used for targeting attacks. Sure it's a little weird and probably mostly ineffective since my understanding is that the Palestinians lack anything with accurate guidance, but they may fear they will get something in the future. No doubt, they probably made a deal with Google to alter the accuracy of certain landmarks in exchange before giving approval.

Re:US restricts US companies' sat.photos of Israel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37177018)

Bear in mind, Israel and each of Syria, Saudi Arabia (which has the new Eurofighters), Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, and others are all technically still in a state of war.

Re:US restricts US companies' sat.photos of Israel (4, Insightful)

ShaunC (203807) | more than 3 years ago | (#37177616)

This restriction boggles my mind for a free country.

What AIPAC wants, AIPAC gets.

Ridiculous (0)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 3 years ago | (#37177790)

Please take your zomg_jews_rule_teh_world!!!! conspiracy theories elsewhere. It's not helping, and frankly, it's really old and repetitive.

Re:Ridiculous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37179260)

Like your " over politically correct" comment. :)
Criticizing this criminal state and its unjustified "allowances" make us anti-semit and(or) adherent of conspiracy theories.

A bit of auto-critics guys.

BTW, by defintion: Colonist = bad guy.
Don't try to change the meaning of word in your sens.

Re:Ridiculous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37203628)

> Criticizing this criminal state ...
> ....
> BTW, by defintion: Colonist = bad guy.

Wow, such anti-American sentiment on Slashdot!!!

Oh, you meant Israel?

Re:Ridiculous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37180316)

Nobody is claiming Jews run the world. The poster made the statement that the right-wing pro-israel lobby is grossly over represented in Washington. That is true.

Re:Ridiculous (1)

jDeepbeep (913892) | more than 3 years ago | (#37192550)

What a brave statement by an AC. Figures.

Re:US restricts US companies' sat.photos of Israel (1)

schlachter (862210) | more than 3 years ago | (#37179982)

makes sense to me...it's a matter of national security. Keep in mind that the Arabs/Palestinians have been targeting Israeli civilians constantly for over 100 yrs...and of course in the past 15 yrs especially so. We don't want to be handing intelligence info over to our enemies (i.e. our enemies b/c we are allied with Israel in defense of their nation).

Re:News? (1)

Sun (104778) | more than 3 years ago | (#37180862)

I hate to break the series of misinformed replies you received, but the main objection by the Israeli government (residing, by and large, in Jerusalem, not Tel-Aviv) had to do with privacy. The conditions given to Google had to do with obscuring license plates and faces, and not much else.

Shachar

Do they still sniff emails and WLANs? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175380)

Does Google still sniff all the wireless networks and collect all emails they can catch while they drive around, like they did in Finland?

Re:Do they still sniff emails and WLANs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175578)

No they don't, I saw the StreetView van on my road recently, so I set up some tracking software. Got nothing.

Re:Do they still sniff emails and WLANs? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175990)

And what kind of tracking software catches completely passive sniffers?

Re:Do they still sniff emails and WLANs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37176664)

you got nothing, they got you.

I would like to know the deal (1)

kubitus (927806) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175434)

and what is written on the confident/top-secret agreements. ;-)

"Tel Aviv's"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175494)

Was there something specific about Tel-Aviv municipality's permission to take the images?
(I guess that they meant to refer to Israel's capital, it's Jerusalem not Tel-Aviv).

Re:"Tel Aviv's"? (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175560)

"I guess that they meant to refer to Israel's capital, it's Jerusalem not Tel-Aviv"

It's funny that _all_ the embassies are in Tel-Aviv because the planet thinks otherwise.

Re:"Tel Aviv's"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175600)

Well, not all the embassies. But anyway, Salshdot should not involve political issues. By law, Jerusalem is the capital and not Tel Aviv.
Slashdot can not decide for themselves where the capital is.
If they do, I declare Steve Jobs as US president and not Obama.

Moti.

Re:"Tel Aviv's"? (1)

danish94 (2427678) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175652)

Slashdot didn't do anything wrong, they quoted from the article.

Re:"Tel Aviv's"? (1)

acoster (812556) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175916)

Not so much "thinking otherwise" as "choosing somewhere not so controversial" (as there are no Palestinian claims to Tel Aviv). And also, until the Six Day War, Jerusalem was divided between Jordan and Israel (so not a nice place to put your new embassy).

Re:"Tel Aviv's"? (1)

unixisc (2429386) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176466)

They could have put it in west Jerusalem, which was always Israel's. Nobody is being asked to put it on Temple Mount

Israel's capital is Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175572)

Israel's capital is Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv - why do you phrase it as "Tel Aviv's Law"?

I believe political issues should be not part of a slashdot tech report.

Moti.

Re:Israel's capital is Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv (1)

Svenne (117693) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175976)

The Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority is situated in Tel Aviv.

Re:Israel's capital is Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv (1)

unixisc (2429386) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176528)

A number of governments have offices headquartered in cities other than their capitals. That doesn't change their capitals. Like South Africa's capital is Pretoria, where the executive sits, but the legislature sits in Cape Town, and the judiciary in Bloemfontein. Israel's government sits in Jerusalem - both the Knesset, as well as the Prime Minister's office.

Political hot potato for Google? (3, Interesting)

fantomas (94850) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175588)

Given the amount of disputed territory claimed by Israel, is this a political hot potato for Google? Will the Google-cars be driving round streets that the local authorities then help with identifying? I can imagine situations where the Google image makers come back with maps and a local authority says "yes, this is called so-and-so Street, this is called this-and-that Street" and six months later when the images are published there's a big outcry because these streets have been known locally by Palestinian names, or the Google-vans have been driving round new settlement areas and map them as being Israeli land while other communities claim that this has been illegally acquired land.

Given the outcry when Google has innocently and accidently attributed a border feature / street to the wrong country in other places, I can imagine this is a very hot potato to be dealing with...

Re:Political hot potato for Google? (4, Insightful)

danish94 (2427678) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175634)

Google already has a map of israel with names of the streets. The disputed areas are beyond the green line and google will probably not go there at all.

Re:Political hot potato for Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37231662)

They are all disputed.
Hell, the whole country is under dispute until those people learn to live together again.

Re:Political hot potato for Google? (2)

bjourne (1034822) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175674)

Lol, I don't know who would be suicidal enough to drive google street view vans in the occupied territories. I mean ambulances have been for allegedly containing terrorist weapons, what chances do you think a foreign spy vehicle has?

Re:Political hot potato for Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175876)

They - Ashkenazi* - are occupying territories - that's a fact - and they dare to talk about "terrorist" in front of them...
I love how semantic is completely falsified when people talk about Israel! :)

* not, it's not even a pun! :)

Re:Political hot potato for Google? (1)

shilly (142940) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176142)

The spirit is willing but by God the English was weak. Try again but use simpler words. It looks like English isn't your first language, so keep your sentences short and simple and we might be able to understand you properly.

the understanding is weak. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37176212)

my fellow AC means probably to say that israel came in to existence by removing indigenous people from their territory.

ashkenazi (pronounced with a soft "z") are jews. the pun is not intended because of the substring "nazi" (pronounced with a hard "z" like "ts"). hence the smiley.

think of it as a near-east version of native americans (indians) vs. settlers (cowboys), but happening currently instead of settlers already been settled for hundreds of years.

his reference to semantics was probably something like "occupation is like some form of terrorism", or something.
another example of shifted semantic when dealing with israel would be the term "anti-semitic". originally it meant "against someone of semite culture or language". the indigenous arabs (and some christians who live there) are semites, but in todays meaning they are not meant when talking about "anti-semitism".

you gonna criticize now that i don't capitalize my words properly?

Re:the understanding is weak. (1)

shilly (142940) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176408)

Oh, where to start.

I picked up but chose not to comment on the pretty tasteless "joke" comparison of Ashkenazi Jews with Nazis. Instead, I was commenting on "they dare to talk about "terrorist" in front of them..." which is an excitingly, erm, different form of English. I have no problems with people not writing perfectly, not by a long shot. But it does need to be sufficiently clear to be comprehensible.

It's ironic that you (implicitly) chastise me for picking up on his English and then go on to describe how word choice matters when describing the change in use of the term "anti-semitism". By the way, my view on moans about the use of "anti-semitism" differing now from its original meaning reminds me of a chemistry prof at university who railed in a lecture about "organic food" being a misnomer. As though chemists had ownership of the word and could keep it immutable. Same with thin-lipped blue-rinsed ladies who read the Mail and mutter darkly about "gay" being a "perfectly decent" word until "they stole it from us". I think you were being descriptive rather than normative, though.

Worth noting, however, that these moans also happen to be wrong. Antisemitism as a term was first used only in the late C19 in Germany, and from the outset was used mainly to describe anti-Jewish sentiment more frequently than it was used to describe prejudice against all Semites (and in fact, a German journalist founded a "League of Anti-semites" that was targeted at Jews, not Semites more widely, in 1880. Wikipedia has an article about it that's quite good. Frankly, I've seen quite a few complaints about this supposed semantic shift that imply that it's yet another thing "the Jews" have stolen from Arabs, which always makes me think of Robert Heinlein's remark that "man is a rationalising animal, not a rational animal".

Re:Political hot potato for Google? (1)

martas (1439879) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176222)

Wait I'm confused, is this a really clever joke about grammar nazis, jews, and the word "Ashkenazi"? Probably not, but it'd be awesome if it were...

Re:Political hot potato for Google? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37176628)

*feeds the troll* There are no "occupied territories" by Israel. However there ARE occupied lands, Judea and Samerea are currently being occupied by the PA. I'm sorry but you can't just build a mosque on something and claim no one else was there before you. I'm just waiting to hear how daring muslims founded NYC and that the Twin Towers never stood there. Same old song and dance. At least use historical facts in your arguments.

Re:Political hot potato for Google? (1)

Blaskowicz (634489) | more than 3 years ago | (#37182428)

by your own arguments arabs living there for a few centuries have a more legitimate claim than foreigners coming from europe, russia, or north america.

Re:Political hot potato for Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37177598)

Lol, I don't know who would be suicidal enough to drive google street view vans in the occupied territories. I mean ambulances have been for allegedly containing terrorist weapons, what chances do you think a foreign spy vehicle has?

The only violence that occurs within the occupied territories is perpetrated by Israel. Otherwise it's totally peaceful.

Re:Political hot potato for Google? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37176190)

Given the outcry when Google has innocently and accidently attributed a border feature / street to the wrong country in other places, I can imagine this is a very hot potato to be dealing with...

Especially since in most other places you just get an outcry, in Israel/Palestine you can get blown up or shot at or kidnapped by either side.

Re:Political hot potato for Google? (1)

schlachter (862210) | more than 3 years ago | (#37180016)

can't they just have multiple names in google?
nearly all of the road signs in Israel are in both Hebrew and Arabic.

Israel's capital is in Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175628)

Most of the ministry offices are in Jerusalem. Google's offices are in Tel Aviv.

How many transistors does a vacuum tube get you? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37175748)

If I wanted to make some sort of logic device, how many transistors would I get per vacuum tube? Those are valves to some out there.

Re:How many transistors does a vacuum tube get you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37176730)

0

They don't make tubes anymore.

Re:How many transistors does a vacuum tube get you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37181082)

For civillian applications, tubes are still manufactured by the truckload for audio amplifiers. I think there are a few military applications that are still best served with tubes.

Dilemma (1)

dugeen (1224138) | more than 3 years ago | (#37175862)

Google v the Israeli government. Is there some way they can both lose?

This is the worst thing ever (1)

tryptogryphic (1985608) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176462)

Hell, they might as well put Google street-view cars in Tripoli or Iraq while they're at it; perfect targets for western homogenization hating RPG practice.

I'm all about like, pioneering the way forward, but this seems a little brazen for Google given the political climate and constant, you know...rocket fire between Israel and Palestine...but, what do I know...I'm just a humble developer.

Re:This is the worst thing ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37176586)

Despite what the news tries to tell you, Israel is pretty safe. Compare the death rates to Detroit, Chicago, Washington DC, Los Angeles, etc and they are all much lower. I've walked the streets of many Israeli cities at night and felt perfectly safe by myself.

Re:This is the worst thing ever (1)

Knave75 (894961) | more than 3 years ago | (#37176596)

.rocket fire between Israel and Palestine....

The rocket fire only goes one way. "Between" implies that the Palestinians fire rockets at civilians, and that Israel responds by blindly launching rockets back at the Palestinians.

Anyhow, back on topic. Currently, the rocket fire is inadequate. It is not beyond imagining that google street view could enhance the accuracy and lethality of Palestinian rocket fire, which would make a restriction make perfect sense. I assume that it has been determined by Israel that, despite what I just said in the previous sentence, google streetview will not actually help make the rocket fire more accurate, so they are now allowing it.

Re:This is the worst thing ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37184084)

Israel doesn't blindfire.
Gaza can be destroyed by Israel in 20 minutes.
they fire at a very specific terrorist targets.

Rockets fired on Israel have been so far (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37181092)

inefficient in terms of casualties.
total number of Israelis killed by such rockets (all types combined - short range Qassam's, mid-range Grad's, etc etc) in the last decade has been less than 10.

so the danger to Google's drivers from rocket fire is probably around 0.2% the danger coming from traffic accidents (400 killed on the roads in an average year in Israel)

the streets of Tel-Aviv (and mostly everywhere else within the state of Israel) are perfectly safe these days if you take a rational point of view and refuse to let fear control your life.

disclaimer: I live in Tel-Aviv.

yuo Fai7 )It? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37176604)

may help with peace... (1)

schlachter (862210) | more than 3 years ago | (#37180040)

This is kinda cool. It could help with peace efforts. Israeli's have been so vilified by arab governments that they don't' even imagine them as human beings. Seeing them in their daily lives walking about chatting, with kids and friends...should help to convey that we're all just people and we should get along. Also Arabs will see how well Israeli's who are Arab live within the country and may see that coexistence is possible.

Re:may help with peace... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37208532)

Yeah right...
You know, it's hard to get along with somebody if you're killing their kids each time you go after a terrorist. Fuckin' hypocryte. But the world is starting to see your country for what it really is: a racist, murderous colony. And no amount of lobbying is gonna stop that.

Well, of course they don't object (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#37181364)

Do you want to keep track of all those people who might walk down your street using overt and covert cameras to take a look at a potential target or do you want to sit back and collect the IP addresses of those who view them online. I know which is easier.The Google servers are the greatest single intelligence resource the world has ever seen.

Do no evil. Very funny.

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