So, why don’t we use Google as a target tool? It is obvious we don’t want to use any of the expensive hardware and software that has been provided to the IDF and the IAF to win a war against these terrorists.
Perhaps the Israeli government doesn’t want to look like the bully, so we should just ratchet down our abilities to the same level, but still fight back. How’s that for a compromise?
We could send some kids with rocks over to Gaza, or perhaps throw some flaming jars of gasoline at them. At least we would be showing we have some fight in us and lot let them walk all over us.
By the way, where EXACTLY did Olmert get all that money he was supposedly bribed with . . . ?
by Hana Levi Julian
(IsraelNN.com) Palestinian Authority terrorists are using the cutting-edge technology of Google Earth to home in on targets in Israel.
The Gaza commander of the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigades gang was quoted Thursday in The Guardian as saying his operatives use the virtual mapping internet technology to identify their targets.
"We obtain the details from Google Earth and check them against our maps of the city center and sensitive areas," said Khaled Ja'abari, whose nom de guerre is Abu Walid.
One internet site, Flash Earth, consolidates at least five such mapping sites, all of which offer satellite imagery across the globe, albeit of different qualities. Google Maps tops the list and features the sharpest imagery.
Google also allows one to draw closer to the targeted area of interest than the other services, although recently that ability has been blunted.
Type in even a small Israeli city with little military significance, such as Arad, and the technology enables one to find a specific house.
That is not the case with cities such as Sderot, Jerusalem, Ashdod and Dimona; it is possible to approach the cities in enough detail to get a general sense of where things are, but not close enough to obtain specific details.
Magnify the resolution too high, and numerous international STOP signs (the circle bisected with a diagonal bar) appear on a filmy white background that blurs the "sensitive" image.
Several cities are altogether inaccessible, such as Tel Aviv, Kiryat Shmona, Tzfat, Haifa and Ashkelon. "Please try another location," politely suggests the service.
The latitude and longitude of each requested location are obligingly provided, despite the lack of visual detail.
"We have paid close attention to concerns that Google Earth creates new security risks," said Google in a company statement, but contended that "commercial high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery of every country in the world is widely available from numerous sources."
Abu Walid showed the Guardian an aerial image of Sderot, the terrorists' favorite target for Kassam rockets.
However, the Kassam has no guidance system and the terrorists can only aim it in the general direction of Sderot without the ability to pinpoint an impact site.