Deputy FM calls on Google to reconsider its decision to use the name “Palestine” instead of “Palestinian Territories”.
Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin
Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin on Sunday sent a strongly worded letter to Google CEO Larry Page, in which he called on the internet giant to reconsider its decision to place the name “Palestine” on its search engine instead of “Palestinian Territories”, in recognition of the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral bid at the United Nations. In his letter, Elkin explained that Google’s move does not bring Israel and the PA closer to the negotiating table but in fact achieves the opposite, adding that such decisions further solidify the PA’s position, that by taking unilateral steps they will be recognized as a state without having to negotiate with Israel.
“Google’s decision is puzzling,” wrote Elkin, “especially given the fact that this is intervention by an international company in local politics, which does not serve the interests of either party in the long-term.”
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