You Can See Hi-res Images of the Pentagon on Google Earth, but Not Tel Aviv or Gaza. Here’s Why

A U.S. law preventing high-resolution satellite images of Israel and the Palestinian territories being published online was relaxed last year. But while private firms have started selling quality images of Israel and Gaza, on Google they still appear only in low-res

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Gaza's Al-Jalaa Tower: On the left, the Planet Lab image purchased by the AP and on the right, the free low-quality Google Earth image.
Gaza's Al-Jalaa Tower: On the left, the Planet Lab image purchased by the AP and on the right, the free low-quality Google Earth image.

Israel’s 11-day flare-up with Hamas in Gaza last month was the focal point of global attention. At times it felt as if the whole world was watching videos of the Gaza skyline, repeatedly seeing scenes of aerial strikes by the Israel Air Force and rocket launches from the Strip into Israel.

Though images from Gaza were broadcast around the clock, detailed information regarding airstrikes was scarce and in many cases limited to what the Israel Defense Forces provided. One of the biggest challenges facing those trying to monitor developments in the Hamas-run enclave is a physical one: The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since 2007 and access is either limited or impossible. 

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