Today, Israeli President Shimon Peres announced the launch of the Israeli Office of the President YouTube channel, located at www.youtube.com/peres. YouTube co-founder, Chad Hurley, was also present with President Peres in Jerusalem for the announcement.
A self-described "technology evangelist", President Peres said that he plans to use his new YouTube channel to hold online discussions with a global audience and to promote peace and interfaith dialogue. President Peres joins Queen Elizabeth II, the Pope, Queen Rania and The White House in using the power of the Internet to connect with citizens around the world.
The president's office will be uploading videos that give both Israelis and those living outside of the country a behind-the-scenes look at the Israeli presidency. In addition to housing archived speeches, documentary footage and informational videos, President Peres' YouTube channel will feature an interactive element in which citizens may submit questions and engage in conversation with the President and his office directly.
Be sure to watch President Peres' welcome video: