June 19, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Maps.Google.Com has trouble recognizing Israel

I blame the programmers, but no doubt the folks at Camera will be blaming something more sinister. Google Maps has quietly added the rest of the globe to its service... and in the process, set themselves up for controversy.

Click through map of Israel and then zoom in or out one setting. Ooops! There goes "Israel".

No doubt someone will blow this into a scandal in the coming week and Google's coporate PR will struggle to set things right. Personally, I'd rather they spend the time putting in real mapping information for the Holy Land, so we can all see the route of the great wall and study satellite phots of our old Jerusalem stomping grounds.


I don't think they're set up for detailed maps outside the USA. I tried zooning into Kamakura, Japan and got the same response as you got for Israel.

So forget abput your conspiracy theories, this is nothing more than the fact that most Americans don't care about what happens outside thier borders.

Posted by: c at July 5, 2005 3:50 PM

Google does have a great views outside the usa, I just saw Sao paulo brazil and it was as clear as it can be

Posted by: S Rose at August 10, 2005 6:47 PM
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