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David Bratslavsky has traveled throughout the Middle East and studied politics, language, and religion in Tel Aviv, Cairo, and Jerusalem. He studied International Affairs at The George Washington University and speaks English, Russian, Hebrew and basic Arabic and Georgian. He is also founder of WhitenPro Dental Company and the blog StreetSmartPolitics.com. David can be reached at contact@streetsmartpolitics.com

ARTICLES BY: David Bratslavsky

February 29, 2012 11:46 am

The Economist Should Get Real on Iran

The cover of the latest Economist reads "Iran" in ominous black letters peppered with nuclear emblems, most of which, like Iran's nuclear facilities, are depicted...

February 15, 2012 11:21 am

Western Nations Need to Confront Propaganda of Allies in the Middle East

How should we react when AIDS, the swine flu, infertility, economic stagnation, natural disasters, revolutions, and a litany of other grievances are routinely ...

November 13, 2011 2:00 pm

A Lesson From Abraham on Jewish Diplomacy

Among the vignettes of Jewish patriarchs and matriarchs in the Torah portion of Chaye Sara, the genesis of Jewish history is revealed. Through principled diplomacy...

July 5, 2011 12:48 am

What Defines Victory For Israel?

As the saying goes, the best way to win a battle is to avoid it.  As Greece intercepted a Gaza bound flotilla on July 4th,...

April 21, 2011 1:29 am

US-Israel Relations: Interview with Gil Hoffman

Interview with Gil Hoffman, Chief Political Correspondent for the Jerusalem Post by David Bratslavsky Gil Hoffman is the chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post....

March 1, 2011 7:40 pm

Final Thoughts on What Egypt Will Mean for the US, Israel

Rebel forces have taken over a number of cities in Libya as Muammar Gaddafi declares "my people love me."   Whatever the outcome of these...

February 17, 2011 11:50 am

Mubarak Sleeps Soundly

As far as graceful exits go, this one isn't.   Al Arabia reports that deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak fell into a coma shortly...

February 7, 2011 10:42 am

Pulse of the Middle East: Q&A with Shmuel Rosner

Q&A with the Street Smart Politics blog Guest: Shmuel Rosner Shmuel Rosner is an Israeli journalist and editor based in Tel Aviv. He writes for...

February 1, 2011 5:21 pm

What’s happening in Egypt?

The week long protests in Cairo have led to the resignation of President Mubarak's cabinet and the appointment of a Vice President and Prime Minister.  ...

January 27, 2011 4:01 pm

Is America really in decline?

Has American power, influence, and economic strength reached it's apex?  James Fallows says no.  Gideon Rachman says yes.  Tom Friedman says maybe. It would seem that...

January 21, 2011 1:57 pm


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ‘Superman’ … at the Kotel

JNS.org - American actor Dean Cain, known for his role as “Superman” in the hit 1990s’...


Study: Latest Palestinian Textbooks Show Increased Indoctrination to Jihad and Martyrdom

JNS.org - In July 2017, the Palestinian Authority (PA) schoolbooks for the...

Jewish Groups Weigh-in on Pompeo for Secretary of State

JNS.org - Many major American Jewish organizations are pleased by the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson...

Training for War in Gaza as Hamas Lurks in Tunnels and Towers

JNS.org - Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip more than a decade ago, it has built, trained and...


Palestinian Authority President Abbas Calls US Ambassador to Israel Friedma...

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday criticized US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman for his support of Israeli...

Middle East

On Eve of Trump-Saudi Meeting, Riyadh Calls Iran Nuclear Deal Flawed

Saudi Arabia called the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers a "flawed agreement" on Monday, on the eve of a meeting between the Saudi crown prince and US President Donald Trump who...