Why Google Earth Can’t Show You Israel

IsraelHamed Aleaziz writes in Mother Jones:

Since Google launched its Google Earth feature in 2005, the company has become a worldwide leader in providing high-resolution satellite imagery. In 2010, Google Earth allowed the world to see the extent of the destruction in post-earthquake Haiti. This year, Google released similar images after Japan’s deadly tsunami and earthquake. With just one click, Google can bring the world—and a better understanding of far-away events—to your computer.

There is one entire country, however, that Google Earth won’t show you: Israel.

That’s because, in 1997, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, one section of which is titled, “Prohibition on collection and release of detailed satellite imagery relating to Israel.” The amendment, known as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment, calls for a federal agency, the NOAA’s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs, to regulate the dissemination of zoomed-in images of Israel.

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  • SleeperRepitilianNaziAssassin

    that’s where all the flying saucer laser weapons must be

    • SleeperRepitilianNaziAssassin

      p.s. thought i would come back and say, i checked this in google earth and this is not entirely accurate.  most of the cities you can still zoom completely in on, there is some desert that is not detailed past a certain zoom point and there is quite a large area that is completely censored with black/blurry imagery that covers the 1994 Treaty Line and the entire Dead Sea.  Go look.  Fascinating.  Underwater UFO laser weapons?  

      • SF2K01

        I was about to say, have they checked recently? Cause you can see most of Israel.
        The only exception would be that Israel has military bases all over the desert and other areas of wilderness, and, as is true for most countries the US is friendly with, Google Earth will not give you detailed satellite imagery of military bases and their related areas.

  • SleeperRepitilianNaziAssassin

    that’s where all the flying saucer laser weapons must be

  • SleeperRepitilianNaziAssassin

    p.s. thought i would come back and say, i checked this in google earth and this is not entirely accurate.  most of the cities you can still zoom completely in on, there is some desert that is not detailed past a certain zoom point and there is quite a large area that is completely censored with black/blurry imagery that covers the 1994 Treaty Line and the entire Dead Sea.  Go look.  Fascinating.  Underwater UFO laser weapons?  

  • SleeperRepitilianNaziAssassin

    p.s. thought i would come back and say, i checked this in google earth and this is not entirely accurate.  most of the cities you can still zoom completely in on, there is some desert that is not detailed past a certain zoom point and there is quite a large area that is completely censored with black/blurry imagery that covers the 1994 Treaty Line and the entire Dead Sea.  Go look.  Fascinating.  Underwater UFO laser weapons?  

  • Anonymous

    I was about to say, have they checked recently? Cause you can see most of Israel.
    The only exception would be that Israel has military bases all over the desert and other areas of wilderness, and, as is true for most countries the US is friendly with, Google Earth will not give you detailed satellite imagery of military bases and their related areas.

  • Anonymous

    I was about to say, have they checked recently? Cause you can see most of Israel.
    The only exception would be that Israel has military bases all over the desert and other areas of wilderness, and, as is true for most countries the US is friendly with, Google Earth will not give you detailed satellite imagery of military bases and their related areas.

  • Anonymous

    I was about to say, have they checked recently? Cause you can see most of Israel.
    The only exception would be that Israel has military bases all over the desert and other areas of wilderness, and, as is true for most countries the US is friendly with, Google Earth will not give you detailed satellite imagery of military bases and their related areas.

  • Mijman2k

    I just got done looking at Isreal on Google Earth. It’s there, just not that clear, and from several years ago.

  • Mijman2k

    I just got done looking at Isreal on Google Earth. It’s there, just not that clear, and from several years ago.

    • SF2K01

      All of the imagery is from several years ago. According to those images, my house is still under construction.

  • Anonymous

    All of the imagery is from several years ago. According to those images, my house is still under construction.

  • Luke

    BTW Israel is not a country it’s merely a state, stolen from another people to please
    the jewish lobbies worldwide…

    • SF2K01

      It wouldn’t be an article about Israel without anti-semitic theories about the Jews controlling the world. Thanks for that.

      • Luke

        Here we go! I’m opposed to any nation starving another nation, i’m not anti-semitic you poor little thing!
        over-using that word has made it meaningless in many people’s eyes i hope you at least realize that…
        You don’t have to be a Nazi to question Israel…just educated! 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001020579789 Adam Cook

          If you’re saying israel is stolen from the Arabs,  this area was originally “stolen” by the arabs from israelites, therefore Jewish people in Israel have merely taken back what is theirs under your theory

  • Luke

    BTW Israel is not a country it’s merely a state, stolen from another people to please
    the jewish lobbies worldwide…

  • http://twitter.com/polihronov Rangel

    Well this article is total lie because i can clearly see border fences, pipe lines, streets, buildings and crs.

  • http://twitter.com/polihronov Rangel

    Well this article is total lie because i can clearly see border fences, pipe lines, streets, buildings and crs.

  • Anonymous

    It wouldn’t be an article about Israel without anti-semitic theories about the Jews controlling the world. Thanks for that.

  • Luke

    Here we go! I’m opposed to any nation starving another nation, i’m not anti-semitic you poor little thing!
    over-using that word has made it meaningless in many people’s eyes i hope you at least realize that…
    You don’t have to be a Nazi to question Israel…just educated! 

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