Aaron Klein’s article on WorldNetDaily accusing Google Earth of anti-Israel bias is just so depressing and dreary. But to rebut just one charge:
Google Earth states it demarcates its maps according to international standards, but no Israeli-Palestinian negotiations — even the failed Camp David final-status negotiations in 2000 — ever placed the Temple Mount within Palestinian territory.
The reason is that the border as drawn by Google Earth is several orders of magnitude less precise than the convoluted course it actually takes. That’s obvious as soon as you zoom in:
This WorldNetDaily article is what happens when you mash up mapping neophytes with conspiracy theorists. What’s especially noxious, though, is to feed a terrorist commander your own deluded version of events and then getting him to congratulate Google in a quote (read the article).
The one amusing thing about all this is that elsewhere on the web, Google Earth is simultaneously accused of pro-Israel bias. Google must be doing something right to be smack in the middle of the firing line of this conflict.