See more of Israel on Google Street View

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hundreds of Israeli towns and sites can now be seen on an updated Google Street View.

The application will offer street views of cities throughout the country, including Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheba, Bnei Brak, Eilat, Isfiya, Kiryat Gat, Kafr Qassem, Nazareth, Netanya, Petach Tikvah, Rishon LeZion, Safed, Sderot and Tira, according to the Israeli Globes business newspaper.

When Street View first rolled out last April, only the streets of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa could be seen.

Israel’s Justice Ministry in approving the project set several conditions on Google Street View, including the right for Israelis to request further blurring of residences and license plates. Israeli officials reportedly had been concerned that terrorists would use the service to plan attacks in Israel.

Google Street View, an online mapping tool that provides a 3-D view of buildings, landmarks and streets, is available in 30 countries.

According to Globes, Street View offers virtual tours of famous Israeli sites.

 

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