“Both sides, all sides, have become tied up in intricate micropolitical struggles.”

Following on from the weekend demonstrations, and after having an emergency motion bid rejected by the Speaker, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and the DUP’s Nelson McCausland, having traded barbs previously within the Assembly, engaged in some arguably displacement behaviour in the Stormont Live studio over Gaza and Israel. Although Adams’ claim not to be “anti-Israeli” is somewhat undermined by the statements by his party colleagues – and their youth wing. But, with agreement elsewhere, there are other interpretations, in the continuing discussion, of what is happening in the Middle East worth noting..