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Google 'recognises' Palestine as a state

Google 'recognises' Palestine by replacing 'Palestinian Territories'. Photo: Google

Internet search engine Google has 'recognised' the state of Palestine by changing the tagline on the front page of its Palestinian edition from "Palestinian Territories" to "Palestine".

Google spokesman Nathan Tyler said that Google had decided to change the name after consulting with various sources and authorities when naming countries, and in this case is following the lead of several international organisations.

The move follows the UN decision in November 2012 to upgrade Palestine's status from an 'entity' to a 'non-member observer state'.

Celebrations after the U.N. General Assembly's upgraded Palestinians' status. Credit: Reuters/Ammar Awad

Israel said Palestinian statehood should be reached through negotiations and not through unilateral moves.

Israel 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.