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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 20, 2018 Kobi Gideon / GPO via Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a joint news conference at the Israeli leader's Jerusalem residence, June 25, 2012. By Ben Sales ons attack on civilians. But the two attacks might not be (JTA)--Israelattacked Syr- connected. ia, just like it (reportedly) has Here's a quick rundown of countless times before,why Israel is bombing Syria, The difference now is that why it officially pretends it Russia is angry about the isn't, and why Russia is upset strike--and showing it.about it. Russia has called out Is- Israel has attacked Syrian rael publicly, condemned targets many, manytimes. the attack and summonedIsrael does not like Syria-- the Israeli ambassador to and it hates Syria's ally, Iran. "discuss developments." The Israel and Syria are tech- alleged strike, which the nically in a state of war, but Israeli government has not havenotengagedinsustained acknowledged, came soonarmed conflict since the Yom after a Syrian chemicalweap- Kippur War in 1973. Instead, go,atAa, 9ao, J ,bAenAo& Jonathan David Eichen- holz, son of Robyn Eichen- holz and Jason Eichenholz of Winter Park, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Congregation Beth Am in Longwood. Jonathan attends Quest Kids Academy. His hob- bies and interests include music, Pinterest, Google Maps, theme parks, and car rides. He is a food con- noisseur and a huge fan of cooking videos. Sharing in the family's simchawill be Jonathan's sister Ella; grandparents Dan and Susan Bachrach, Harold and Roberta Eichenholz, and grandfather Gene Blau; uncles Jeff Blau, Keith Eichenholz and Elliot Eichenholz; aunt Ellen Gershman; and cousins Joshua and Eric Gershman and Katie Liberman. the two sides have fought incessantly accuses Iran of plansoverSyriasotheywould was not told of the strike in through Syrian-funded prox- seeking to develop nuclear not accidentally attack each advance. So this time it's not ies like the Lebanese terror weapons that would existen- other. And Netanyahu has letting Israel's bombings go group Hezbollah. When the tially threaten Israel.tried to cozy up to President unmentioned. civil war in Syria began in In February, Israel and Iran Vladimir Putin in various Israel usually keeps 2011, Israel stayed neutral, engagedinraredirectconflict other ways--publicly thank- quiet about the attacks. providingsomehumanitarian over Syria: Iran launched a ing Russia for the Soviet How many times has Israel aid to victims on the border drone from a Syrianbase into Union's role in defeating the attacked Syriasince2012?Few but otherwise remaining out Israel, and Israel responded by Nazis, and staying silent on people, if any, know the exact of the fray. bombing the base. Syria shot Russia's seizure of Crimeaand number, so reports have relied The exception has been down an Israeli plane, its invasion of Ukraine. on estimates like dozens, Israeli strikes against Syrian Monday's Israeli strikeBut Russia-Israel relations scores, even hundreds. weapons convoys en route targeted the same base as in have always been fraught. Israel does not want to be to Hezbollah. When Syrian February, killing 14 people. The Soviet Union cut off ties seen as supporting one side PresidentBasharAssad'sgov- It came shortly after Assad with Israel after the latter's of the complex conflict or ernmentwasatriskofcollapse reportedly murdered at least victory in the 1967 war, re- becoming involved directly in in the past, Israel worried 40 of his own citizens with establishing them only as thewar.WhenIsraeliofficials that it would send its most chemicalweapons, but Israel's the Soviet government was do allude to the strikes, they powerfulordnancetoHezbol- attack does not appear to be collapsing. And today, the focusonpreventingthreatsto lah, which has a stated aim of in response, two nations find themselves Israel, not bolstering Assad, destroying Israel. Russia is angry this on opposite sides of the inter- the rebels, Islamists or any- Now, as Assad is nearing time. national order. Israelis allied one else. the defeat of the Syrian rebels, Ever since Russiaincreased with the United States, while Netanyahu acknowledged Israel isworried that Iranwill its involvement in the civil Russiais stillalliedwith Syria these strikes last year.And on set up permanent military war in 2015, sending soldiers and Iran, two of Israel'sworst Monday, following the strike, bases in the country, at Israel's and materiel to Syria, Israel enemies, he did say "We have one clear doorstep. Iran's leaders have has tried to stay on Russia's Monday's strike targeted a and simple rule, and we seek pledged towipe Israel off the goodside, basewhereRussianpersonnel to express it constantly: If map, and Israeli Prime Min- Thatyear, thetwo countries might have been present, and someone tries to attack you, ister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to coordinate military Russia is complaining that it rise up and attack him." ByDouglasJ.Giadstone Colt .45 player, 86-year-old is up 19 percent from 2016, to is buried in the Bnai Jeshu- Don Taussig, is in the same $1.54 billion, run Cemetery in Demopolis, Stephen Hertz, who man- boat. A Jupiter, Florida, resi- But even though Forbes Alabama. He was also one of aged the Tel Aviv Lightning dent, Taussig, who also played recently reported that the the retired players who didn't in the Israel Baseball League for the San Francisco Giants current players' pension and receive a MLB pension. A after playing for the Houston and St. Louis Cardinals, had welfare fund is valued at $2.7 pitcher for the Washington Colt.45s and coaching nearly a career.262 batting average, billion, former Detroit Tigers Senators and Detroit Tigers, three decades at Miami-Dade His post-baseballlife saw him All-Star first baseman Tony he appeared in 42 career Community College, is one owningasquashbusinessand Clark, the first player ever to games over parts of the 1963 of 644 retirees who do not self-publishing his own book. betheexecutivedirectorofthe and 1964 seasons. He hurled receiveMajorLeagueBaseball The problem for these union representing today's a total of 128 innings, was pensions becauseofachange pre-1980 players was that players, the Major League credited with four wins and in the vesting requirements the union forgot to request Baseball Players Association, had one complete game to that occurred over the 1980 retroactivecoverageforallthe has never commented about his credit. Memorial Day Weekend. men like Hertz and Taussig. these non-vested retirees, For more information The union was offered the You'd think the suits who many of whom are filing for about Koch's life, read this opportunity to give its mem- run the national pastime bankruptcyatadvancedages, transcript of an interview he bers the following deal: one would be above this sort of having banks foreclose on gave to Sandra Berman game day of service credit to thing. After all, the league their homes and are so sickly of the William Breman Jew- buyintotheleague'sumbrella recently announced that its and poor that they cannot ish Heritage Museum in At- health insurance plan, and revenue was up 325 percent afford adequate health care lanta, Georgia--http://www. 43 game days of service for a from 1992, and that it has coverage, pension, which is currently made$500millionsince2015. And then there's the sad Oral%20History%20Tran- worth as much as $220,000. 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