YouTube's influence in politics hasn't been just an American phenomenon. Around the world, voters have been using YouTube to speak up on political issues. We've done televised election programming in Spain (youtube.com/elecciones08), the UK (youtube.com/londonmayor08), not to mention Greece and Poland. And now, for the first time in the history of Israel, the public has had the opportunity to submit questions directly to the candidates for Prime Minister - which will be aired in live public forums on Channel 2 news, Israel's most popular news channel. So far, over 250 video questions have been submitted.




Here are a few examples:











Now, Israeli citizens get to help determine which questions get asked of the three candidates, Tsipi Livni, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. Go to http://www.YouTube.co.il/Elections09 to vote on the questions you think are best.




At the end of this week, the winning questions will be announced and would later on be broadcast live on channel 2 News and answered by the candidates. Furthermore, the winners will be invited to the studios to actually attend the candidates' interviews.




Naturally, the current events in Israel have brought the public to a new level of awareness and involvement over who will lead the country during this difficult time. We encourage you to go and vote for questions at http://www.YouTube.co.il/Elections09




Yours,

The YouTube Team