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Google Street View to feature West Bank settlements

Google Street View was launched in Israel last April, after a long battle with the Defense Ministry over the blurring of military facilities located in the Israeli cities. Lately, Google cars have been spotted in West Bank settlements as well.

Here is a picture taken in Elkana, located in the western part of the Samarian hills near the Green Line:

Google Street View car in the West Bank settlement of Elkana.

Does this mean that Google too believes that “facts on the ground” are irreversible? And will they be launching Street View for Palestinian towns, checkpoints etc.?

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    1. XYZ

      I see, the “progressive” Israeli Left is like much of the Arab world…..if you pretend something doesn’t exist, then it doesn’t exist. Just like when the Arabs refuse to put Israel on the map, then you feel better in pretending it isn’t there. Or even like the US and other countries pretending that Jerusalem is not Israel’s capital. Just as the Arabs delusionary thinking of this type is pulling them down, same with the Israeli “progressive” Left which is becoming less and less relevant politically.

      BTW-Why shouldn’t Google show the Arab towns, too?

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    2. Carl

      Yeah, next thing you know they’ll be spray painting out the Arabic on road signs. Oh wait … .. .

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    3. Palestinian

      Samaria ? It seems our Israeli writer believes in Juju and Susu (fairy tales) .

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      • Yas

        Noam meant Samarian Hills as a geographical name in English of the hills (Jabal Nablus) he didn’t referr to the occupied West Bank as Samaria and Judea. And don’t imply that he believes in “Juju and Susu” fairy tales, cause as you can see the caption below the picture states “Google Street View car in the West Bank settlement of Elkana.” and Noam is the last person to be accused of being anti Palestinian.

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    4. Looks like another attempt at greenwashing. You never know what will happen to the facts on the ground in the long term, but the facts in the ground will be there forever, no offence to the bulldozers.

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    5. Thomas

      Please, please, please do the same for Palestinian cities – the maps here are terrible and everything is ridiculously hard to find!

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