Google Street View Offers Sneak Peek at Israeli Sites

Visit the Knesset, Western Wall Tunnels and Ben-Gurion's home without leaving your house.

Visiting Israel but don't have enough time to fit in all the big sites? Can't make it to Israel this year but want to see what the Knesset looks like from the inside? You can now take a virtual tour of some of Israel's biggest heritage sites, thanks to the Street View feature in Google Maps.

The halls of Knesset, the Western Wall Tunnels and David Ben-Gurion's house in the Negev have opened their doors to viewers around the world. You can see what they look like on the inside without leaving your house.

Google Maps became available in Hebrew and Arabic in October for users of Apple’s iOS operating system, alongside other improvements made possible by Google’s acquisition of Israeli startup Waze over the summer.

Last August, Google announced it was upgrading its map service and adding real-time traffic updates following the $1 billion acquisition of social-mapping startup Waze. Now Waze’s features such as reports on traffic, car accidents and road obstructions are available on Google Maps as well. Also, Google Maps’ Frequently Asked Questions are now easier to access.