Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Peres Launches YouTube Channel

Israeli President Shimon Peres launched his own YouTube channel.

Peres inaugurated his channel Tuesday afternoon alongside YouTube founder Chad Hurley, who made a special trip to Israel for the event.

“Welcome to my YouTube channel,” the president’s YouTube greeting begins. “I am so glad to speak to you and no less, to listen to you. I would like to share with you my dreams, my thoughts, and I would like also to hear your dreams and your thoughts.”

Peres will use the channel to meet Web surfers around the world, including those from countries with which Israel does not have formal diplomatic relations. The president also will answer questions from YouTube viewers at virtual news conferences he hosts.

For the first night of Chanukah, Peres has recorded a special greeting to Jews outside Israel to be broadcast in central synagogues and community centers across the globe. Peres also will air a special Christmas greeting to Christians.

Peres has uploaded to his channel important speeches, such as his acceptance of the Nobel Prize; key events, such as Hillary Clinton’s first official visit as U.S. secretary of state; and comedy films, including a few satires.

A message from our editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren

We're building on 127 years of independent journalism to help you develop deeper connections to what it means to be Jewish today.

With so much at stake for the Jewish people right now — war, rising antisemitism, a high-stakes U.S. presidential election — American Jews depend on the Forward's perspective, integrity and courage.

—  Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief 

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.