The skinny on thin
Sir, – I concur wholeheartedly with the article “Law against
anorexic models in media and on catwalks goes into effect” (January 1). Israeli
youth do not need a malnourished, emaciated group of celebrities to
It is a known fact that people, especially when they are young,
are impressionable. The numerous cases of anorexia and bulimia that are plaguing
the country – caused by this skewed fascination of starved women – must be dealt
Teens should know that a healthy body image fuels a happy mind. A
large percentage of today’s youth are depressed.
Maybe if society put
less of an emphasis on looking like a scrawny twig, young men and women would
not feel so much pressure to conform to such impossibly ridiculous
JerusalemThose two states
Sir, – In his
article “A two-state solution is the only way” (Comment & Features, January
1), Leslie Wagner unfortunately substitutes wishful delusion for hard
In the late 1970s, shortly before his death, the seminal thinker
in the field of international affairs, Prof. Hans Morgenthau, visited the
offices of several members of Congress in Washington, in my presence, with one
simple message: A Palestinian state would be inherently irredentist.
doubt very much whether anything has changed to make that statement any less
true today.JAC FRIEDGUT
Sir, – Although I agree with Leslie
Wagner that continuing to ignore the Palestinian issue is not an answer to
solving the problem, I believe the writer is ignoring the reality and mentality
of our neighbors.
Palestinians are happy to have a “free lunch” and play
victim to obtain funds, while Israelis work very hard for each
Sir, – With regard to “Peres unleashes
political maelstrom with pro-Abbas remarks to envoys” (December 31), everybody
should expect that Shimon Peres, as a prime architect of the Oslo Accords, would
be the last person to realize that they are dead.
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s calculated breach of the accords by seeking
a status upgrade from the UN and refusing to negotiate without preconditions;
after the PA’s media campaign stating that the whole of Israel is Palestine, and
the admission by Yasser Arafat’s widow that he premeditatedly started the second
intifada, everybody who bothers to look with open eyes can see there is no
choice whatsoever but to seek a different route than the two-state
One day even Peres will wake up to this reality and realize
that as president he can no longer protect his baby in the face of Israeli
Sir, – Perhaps after almost 30 years in
Israel I don’t understand the twisted logic of a “peace process” conducted with
men who use a nom de guerre. This does not give me any confidence in their
sincerity to find a solution to the impasse.
Also, if memory serves, we
had a settlement building freeze in the past, and what happened? Perhaps we
should just send them the phone number of the Prime Minister’s Office with the
admonition to call if they are serious about negotiations.BRUCE
Sir, – It’s always educational to read Uri
Savir’s weekly attempts to fit harsh reality into his religious framework. I say
“religious” because Savir’s appeals are not so much to political reason as they
are to theology.
His left-wing faith is so extreme that no blows, no
inconvenient facts, can alter his course. His faith can be summed up in Job
13:15: Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.
In fact, we see in
Savir’s most recent essay (“An officer and a man of peace” (Savir’s Corner,
December 28) that his faith in Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians who elected
him remains undeterred by the number of Israelis slain on Arafat’s order. With
the historical hindsight of almost 20 years, it has been quite conclusively
demonstrated that Arafat never negotiated in good faith.
Rather, he used
the lure of a “peace process” to gain time for building up his forces before
unleashing a war of terror in 1994 that lasted through the second
In that decade, over 1,300 Israelis were slain in terror
attacks, and about 8,500 wounded. The purpose was to terrorize Israel into
withdrawing from Judea and Samaria without the Palestinians having to agree to
anything in return, including an end-of-conflict declaration.
spends an inordinate amount of verbiage telling how he and the late Amnon
Lipkin- Shahak finally convinced Arafat to continue negotiations after Arabs
were killed in Hebron by Baruch Goldstein.
“Aborting the talks,” Savir
writes, “could mean the end of the peace process and the renewal of terrorism
for years to come.”
Savir would be displaying simple humility and honesty
if he would admit that even with the talks, Arafat never was serious about
peace. Savir would do well to seek a new religion.DOUG GREENER
JerusalemMeandering on death
Sir, – Whether intentional or not, the juxtaposition on the
same page of the article by Gilad Sharon (“Of life and death,” Comment &
Features, December 30) and the letter “Death and dying” from reader Lola
S. Cohen, who questions the logic of prolonging needless pain, suffering
or coma, is illuminating.
I have absolutely no idea on what exactly
Sharon was pontificating in his meandering efforts to interpret his philosophy
on life and death – especially as he and his brother insist on prolonging the
coma endured by their father, who most assuredly would never have wished his
dignity to be so grossly violated.GISH TRUMAN ROBBINS
Sir, – The current Torah portions relating to Joseph and his brothers
raise the age-old question of freedom and loss of freedom, and, at least for me,
sharply bring into relief the experience of two modern Josephs who are still
I refer to my dear friend Anthony Nathan, and to the one who
more than any other symbolizes the painful injustice of the modern system,
Jonathan Pollard (“Pollard’s Catch-22,” Observations, December 28).
the past six years, Tony, who is 76, languished in a prison in distant
Mauritius, with its heavy physical and psychological toll, after being sentenced
to 10 years for bringing in a packet containing drugs.
Tony, who never
took drugs in his life, carried the package in return for some sorely needed
Now, thanks to the efforts of his family, rabbis and other good
people, he has been transferred to a prison in Israel, and we hope and pray that
he will soon be freed to resume a normal, productive life.
While there is
new hope for Tony, Pollard is fast approaching his 10,000th day in prison in the
US. It is high time, as the American people and their president celebrated
Christmas and New Year and tucked into the traditional turkey, that they find it
in their hearts in this season of goodwill and magnanimity to finally extend
this goodwill to a poor, suffering and sick modernday Joseph who so far, despite
our appeals and prayers, has not had the good fortune of the biblical
: The article “Reflections for
the secular New Year” (Comment & Features, January 2) misstated the author’s
name and featured the wrong photo. The author was Shalom Hammer.