`Google asked to change Palestine tagline`
Jerusalem: Israel`s Deputy Foreign Minister Ze`ev Elkin has accused Google Inc. of recognizing a Palestinian state when it decided on May 1 to include Palestine in its list of options for national pages.
Previously, it had used the tagline Palestinian territories.
In a letter to Google CEO Larry Page, Elkin wrote that by doing so Google is in essence the existence of a Palestinian state.
He added that Google`s decision is not only mistaken but could also negatively impact efforts to have peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
According to the Jerusalem Post, he added that Google has brought about so many positive changes in the world by promoting connections between people and between peoples.
This decision, however, is in contradiction to such aims, and distances the parties from real dialogue.
He asked Page to meet with Israeli representatives to discuss the issue.
According to the report, Google spokesman Nathan Tyler had last week told an English news channel that they were changing the name `Palestinian Territories` to ` Palestine ` across their products.
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