Israel could soon lose its privileged status as the only country in the world to enjoy immunity from publicly available high resolution satellite imagery, potentially exposing details of secret military sites but opening up new fields of environmental and archaeological research.
United States government records — not previously reported — reveal regulators at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are reviewing the implementation of a law that effectively prohibits the public dissemination of high-resolution satellite images of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
The 1997 law passed by the US Congress, known as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment, means imagery of Israel has been actively ‘blurred’ even as satellite pictures of almost all other territories become sharper.
The repeal of the law could leave Israel vulnerable to enemy groups who could use Google Earth to find sensitive locations thruoghout the country.
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