According to Ayelet Shaked, who heads the Yisrael Sheli (My Israel) organization, it is quite possible that as the Google Street View project gets underway in Israel, Israel’s image might be negatively impacted.
The program was recently approved by the Justice Ministry, permitting the Google specially equipped vehicles to travel and photograph from the roadways in Israel.
Shaked has turned to the head of Google Israel, Meir Brand, requesting that Google use the appropriate technology to distort controversial political messages [from all walks of the political map] that may be intentionally displayed by ‘anti-Israel elements’ to compromise Israel’s image. Such a reality she feels may negatively impact Israel’s image. She adds that since Google maintains a policy of distorting portions of photographs when necessary, that a policy be implemented in Israel that would prevent promoting any political messages towards protecting Google’s and Israel’s image.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)