Google to 'recognise' Palestine
Published 03/05/2013 | 18:01
He says Google consults with various sources and authorities when naming countries, and in this case is following the lead of several international organisations.
The move comes after a UN decision last year upgrading the Palestinians' status to "non-member observer state".
Israel says Palestinian statehood should be reached through negotiations not unilateral moves.
Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor says Google is not a diplomatic entity which begs the question of why it is getting involved in a controversial international political issue.