PM asks Arab viewers to log on to YouTube discussion

In Web discussion, Netanyahu addresses viewers worldwide; clip comes after success of interview with 140,000 questions uploaded.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 27, 2011 11:41
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Netanyahu answers viewers' questions on Youtube.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday invited people to send in questions and log on to an ongoing Internet conversation he is facilitating with viewers from all over the world through YouTube.

"It's very good to have this chance to have this Internet conversation. The first time we had it I think we had over a million people who entered and viewed this discussion," Netanyahu said in a clip uploaded to YouTube on Sunday. "So I encourage all of you to send in your questions, including and most especially, viewers in Arab countries.

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"I'd like to hear what you have to say, and I'd like you to hear what I have to say in response," the prime minister said.



Last week, videos were uploaded on YouTube of Netanyahu answering taped questions submitted by Israelis over topics such as Jonathan Pollard and Gilad Schalit.

In one clip showing Netanyahu's response to the question "Why has [Gilad Schalit] not been freed?" the prime minister said, "I want to bring Gilad home, I am ready to [do so] by various means, but I also have to worry about your security, and that of your children and the citizens of Israel."

In his first internet discussion in March, Netanyahu commented on an array of issues including demonstrations in Syria; the BibiTours affair; Dirar Abu Sisi, the Palestinian engineer being held in Israel and Gilad Schalit.

In the first interview, Netanyahu joined US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, the only other two leaders to have taken part so far in YouTube’s World View Project that invites local and international viewers to pose questions to world leaders.

The March interview was broadcast live on both YouTube and Channel 2, with some 140,000 questions uploaded and more than a million votes cast on which question to ask for the interview with Obama. Some 10,000 questions and 36,000 votes were cast for the Cameron interview.


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