Just to show who is in control of US laws and US government There is one entire country, however, that Google Earth won't show you: Israel. That's because, in 1997, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, one section of which is titled, "Prohibition on collection and release of detailed satellite imagery relating to Israel." The amendment, known as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment, calls for a federal agency, the NOAA's Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs, to regulate the dissemination of zoomed-in images of Israel. When asked about the regulation, a Google spokeswoman said "The images in Google Earth are sourced from a wide range of both commercial and public sources. We source our satellite imagery from US-based companies who are subject to US law, including the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 1997, which limits the resolution of imagery of Israel that may be commercially distributed." http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/06/google-israel-us You can definitely see the satellite images at that distance, but you can't get the zoomed-in detail that you can get nearly everywhere else in the world. I think the point is that there is a difference between the detail you can get in the entire country of Israel vs the rest of the world, which is worth pointing out. Especially as it's the direct result of American policy.