It’s interesting to see zionism strike back at one of its most loyal supporters. How dare Google stray from the ‘line’ …. at least that’s how Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister sees it …
Elkin claimed this decision was liable to have a negative impact on efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. And the bombing of Syria won’t??

Deputy FM tells Google: Recognition of Palestinian state undermines peace talks

In letter to Google CEO Larry Page, Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin urges company to rescind decision to refer to Palestinian territories as ‘Palestine,’ arguing that such measures encourage Palestinians to take one-sided actions.

By Oded Yaron
Palestinian homepage of Google's search engine reads 'Palestine.'
Palestinian homepage of Google’s search engine reading ‘Palestine’ at internet cafe in East Jerusalem.Photo by AFP

Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin wrote to Google CEO Larry Page on Sunday urging the company to rescind its decision to refer to the Palestinian territories as “Palestine” on all its products. Elkin claimed this decision was liable to have a negative impact on efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

“By so doing,” Elkin wrote, “Google is in essence recognizing the existence of a Palestinian state. Such a decision, is in my opinion, not only mistaken but could also negatively impinge on the efforts of my government to bring about direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“ … I would be grateful were you to reconsider this decision since it entrenches the Palestinians in their view that they can further their political aims through one-side actions rather than through negotiating and mutual agreement.”

Elkin concluded by proposing that Israeli representatives meet with representatives of Google to discuss the issue.

On Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor also slammed the decision, saying that Google isn’t a diplomatic entity with the authority to grant recognition to other states, “which begs the question why are they getting involved in international politics and on the controversial side.”

Google said over the weekend that its move was a response to the United Nations General Assembly’s vote last November to recognize Palestine as a nonmember observer state and to similar moves by other international agencies.

“We’re changing the name ‘Palestinian territories’ to ‘Palestine’ across our products,” Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said on Friday. He explained that Google consults with various sources and authorities when naming countries, and in this case, it is following the lead of several international organizations, including the UN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the International Organization for Standardization.

Until about four or five years ago, Google had virtually ignored the Palestinian Authority’s existence. Only in 2009, for instance, did it decide to create a homepage for the Palestinian territories – That same year, it removed all the territories Israel captured in 1967 from its maps of Israel. 


  1. May 6, 2013 at 10:41

    does Israel believe it is the master of the universe then that means they are insane-how dare they interfere in bombing Syria who next Facebook?

  2. Blake said,

    May 6, 2013 at 10:51

    Normal insanity

  3. DDearborn said,

    May 6, 2013 at 13:18


    Well then israel demanding that the world list Jerusalem as their capital is an even bigger road block to peace now isn’t it. And lets not forget that the UN and the every other country in the world besides the US have already recongnized Palestine as an independent state. Funny how israel has demanded their “independence” be recognized, honored and accepted but they refuse that right to others. hypocrite does not begin to describe israel’s dishonest behavior.

    Like israel’s racist right of return but only for jews their failure to accept Plaestine will ultimately prove to be their undoing.

  4. Peter said,

    May 6, 2013 at 22:46

    There is a WW1 memorial in the City of Parramatta, NSW that lists Palestine as one of the countries where Australia soldiers died. If I remember, the country of Israel was established after WW1. Therefore Palestine existed before Israel. Hmmm.

    I’ve found a photo of it online here:

  5. Book said,

    May 7, 2013 at 05:23

    Too funny. Zionist Occupiers complaining that the world calls Palestine…………….Palestine.

  6. Dave said,

    May 7, 2013 at 10:12

    The rhetoric from Israel is getting tiresome and all too predictable, they must have spare time to worry about trivial things like Google calling a place by its rightful and historic name, they would be better served addressing their own terrible behaviour rather than upbraiding a search engine company. If they don’t like it how about Google remove Israel from its list of countries it reaches into, isolate them to live in their own virtual world of delusion.

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