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PAGE 14A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 27, 2018 By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA)--The media, Congress, the inter- national community--just about everybody is reeling after the joint news confer- ence on Monday in Helsinki bringing together President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among other remarkable declarations, Trump seemed to agree with Putin by doubt- ing the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Moscow mounted an effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. The American president said he favored Putin's offer to allow U.S. investigators to interview Russians in the investigation, although Putin conditioned it on allowing Russian inves- tigators to pursue charges against Americans. Trump said Russia's law enforcement was more efficacious than its U.S. counterpart. The reaction was swift and angry from all sides of the political spectrum. But there was at least one corner of apparent normalcy in the news conference: Russia and the United States seemed to agree that any Syria outcome should reassure Israel about its security needs. "The south of Syria should be brought to the full com- pliance with the treaty of 1974 about the separation of forces--about separation of forces of Israel and Syria," said Putin, speaking extensively and with some detail on the subject. "This will bring peace to Golan Heights, and bring a more peaceful relationship between Syria and Israel, and also to provide security of the State of Israel." The disengagement Putin referred to allowed Israel and Syria to coexist more or less without incident from 1974 until the 2011 civil war that wracked the country and brought in U.S. and Russian involvement. Trump in his remarks said Israel's security was preemi- nent both in American and Russian considerations of Syria. "We've worked with Israel long and hard for many years, many decades. I think we've never--never has anyone, any country been closer than we are," Trump said. "President Putin also is helping Israel. And we both spoke with Bibi Netanyahu, and they would like to do certain things with respect to Syria, having to do with the safety of Israel. So in that respect, we absolutely would like to work in order to help Israel. And Israel would be working with us. So both countries wouldworkjointly." Israeli Prime Minister Ben- jamin Netanyahu, in turn, welcomed the attention. In a statement, he commended "the abiding commitment of the U.S. and President Don- ald Trump to the security of Israel." Netanyahu also "very much" appreciated "the clear position expressed by Presi- dent Putin regarding the need to uphold the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria." Beneath the comity there lurked several significant differences of how each side sees the outcomes. Does lran stay? Implicit in Putin's emphasis on ensuring Israel's security in the "south" is that Iran, Russia's de facto ally in as- sisting the Assad regime's bid for survival, will be absent from that region, as will its proxy, the Lebanese militia Hezbollah. But Netanyahu wants Iran out of Syria, period. Prior to meeting with Putin last week in Russia, the Israeli leader met with top Russian officials and said in a statement that he "made it clear that Israel will not tolerate a military presence by Iran or its proxies anywhere in Syria." Netanyahu met with Putin and has spoken with him since; it's notclearyetwhether Putin is willing to commit to an Iran-free Syria. Two con- siderations may factor into Putin's reluctance: Iran sees its continuing presence in Syria as critical, and removing it may be too daunting for a Russia that is preoccupied in multiple corners of the globe. Putin also mightwant a"give" in exchange for banishing Iran from Syria--perhaps U.S. and international recognition of its annexation of Crimea. Who takes the lead? Putin made clear that he sees the United States and Russia as equal partners in determining the outcome in Syria. "Russia and the United States apparently can act pro- actively and take considerable leadership on this issue, and organize the interaction to overcome humanitarian crisis and help Syrian refugees to go back to their homes," he said. Trump, notably, did not object. Israel has long relied on U.S. preeminence in the region--there is no better guarantee for Israel than its closest ally taking the lead in determining outcomes. Israel watched in dismay as the Obama administration conceded some leadership in Syria to Russia; it's not likely to welcome open equal leader- ship between the two powers. The same goes for much of the U.S. Congress. "It is imperative that Con- gress hold hearings on the extent and scope of any co- operation with Russia in Syria regarding Iran's presence," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a top Republican, said on Twitter. What happens to Assad? Israeli governments prior to 2011 opposed any bids to re- move the Assad regime, saying its leadership of Syria was the least worrisome of multiple terrible options. That changed when Israelis saw the extent of the carnage during the civil war andAssad's willingness to use chemical weapons against his own people. For Russia, however, Assad staying in place is a bottom line: That's the mission to which it committed troops, hardware and r@utation for the past seven years. Israel again seems on board with having Assad stay. "They have an active inter- est in seeing a stable Assad regime and we in getting the Iranians out. These can clash or it can align," a senior Israeli official told Reuters last week. "We won't take action against the Assad regime." From page IA nis and help care for Elaine's mother. Instead of retiring, the Starns (always a team) com- bined Gene's journalistic heart and his savvy business acumen to found the Heri- tage Central Florida Jewish Newspaper on Aug. 27, 1976. At that time, the paper covered Central Florida to both coasts. Starn wanted to provide the Jews of Central Florida infor- mation about what was going M D I C A A 82396 74912 51638 97843 26457 1 3529 69271 48165 Legal help is available NOW! - LegalHel - 35784 on in the Jewish world, both at home and worldwide. "They often joked about how the masthead should have a NY Times-style box reading 'All the Jews that's fit to print,'" said Kresner. After six years of growing the paper, they sold it to Jeff Gaeser, who dropped the "Central" from the masthead. "He taught me about the Jewish newspaper publishing business and later about the stock market when we formed a stock-buying club," said m 10 m 16 19 47 4175 5386 7249 6512 1893 8764 3458 2937 9621 Gaeser. "I learned a lot from him over the years." Once again Starn retired, but continued to write a weekly column for the paper. Today the paper is bigger and growing, and Starn is prominently credited as edi- tor/emeritus. At 66, Starn founded the Orlando Jewish Genealogi- cal Society and became the coordinator for worldwide Romanian and Polish special interest groups. At 77, the Starns retired again and moved to Delray Beach, Fla however, he couldn't stay retired. Always ready to help a Jewish cause, Starn became public relations director for the Judaica Music Rescue Project at Florida Atlantic University, aiming to reclaim all the Jewish music, performers and composers ever made. By the time he was 80, Starn felt it was time to slow down. "Stop and smell the roses and enjoy life's relaxing moments." That didn't last long. When Starn moved to La Posada in Palm Beach Gar- dens to retire permanently, he started a weekly newsletter to keep the residents informed and also to provide a forum for him to vent his opinions! Still active at 90, in 2014, Starn started teaching a class in memoir writing. He sponsored a weekly Sunday at Sundown program of con- versation, pizza and bingo for fellow residents. Starn met many famous and infamous people along the way, but cherished most the dear friends and relatives he got to know during his lifetime. But always above all, was his love for Elaine. Sid Davis of Bet hesda, Md.--a former NBC Wash- ington Bureau chief White House correspondent, award- winning journalist, and friend of Starn for more than 70 years--lauded Starn as a great friend and mentor during their early days at WKBN. He expressed great sadness hear- ing of Starn's passing. Davis, as a young reporter, witnessed the assassination of President John Kennedy and was on the plane to Washington, D.C with first lady Jackie Ken- nedyand Lyndon B. Johnson's swearing in. Davis said he had one date with Elaine, but intimated that Starn won out. Starn was preceded in death by his brother, Hyman (Rose) Stern*; and sister, Rae (Joseph) Cohodas; brother- in-law, Arthur Regenstreich; and sister-in-law, Dorothy (Stanley) Kresner. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Rose Regenstreich Starn, who resides in the La Posada Memory Care Unity, Palm Beach Gardens; niece, Blanch Katz of St. Helen's, Oregon; brother-in-law Myron (Phyllis) Regenstreich of Boca Raton; niece, Fran (Nick) Rackoff of Tampa; niece, Marilyn (AI) Nolan of Newbury Port, Mass.; nephew, Steve (Denise) Cohodas, Newbury- port, Mass.; niece, Terri (Shel- don) Beasley of Elkton, Fla.; nephew Joel (Sue) Kresner Of Orlando; special friend, Fran Hooper of La Posada; and a host of nieces and nephews. Gene Starn's family would like to thank the La Posada staff and management and all the caregivers. Special thanks to chief watchdog/caregiver Erin Britten and last, but not least, "caregiver extraordi- naire," Linda Mitchell, West Palm Beach. There will be a military funeral at 11 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2018, at Bay Pine National Cemetery, St. Petersburg, Fla. Donations in Gene Starn's memory can be made to Trust- bridge Hospices, trustbridge. corn and/or the Jewish Ge- nealogical Society of Greater Orlando, * The spelling Stern is correct. Have you suffered @ or other complications due to taking the drug Xarelto? You may be entitled to Compensation. COMPLICATIONS MAY INCLUDE INTERNAL BLEEDING, STROKE, HEART ATTACK, iilil & PULMONARY EMBOLISMS OR EVEN DEATH. CALL us for a FREE Case Consultation. Bill