“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..

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  • Driftwood

    Twins, separated at birth.
    After reading Hitler/Stalin- Parallell lives, we have our local doubles.

  • slug

    Driftwood-I was thinking the same thought. They look very alike.

    But…in the 1970s:

    One twin went to Oxford University and read history.

    The other went to Oxford Street and made history

  • Cjm

    Admas You Just Showed How Big Of Ejits The DUP Are And How There Mad Mind Works, They Cant Even Agree To Stop The Attacts On Gaza Which 900 People And Almost 300 children have been killed 🙁
    Sinn Fein Have Done Palestine Proud
    Attending All Marches, Rallys And Protest Around Ireland And On The Steps Of Stormont And Putting The Motion Farward in the Assembly
    Keep This Sort Of Work Up . . . It Shows That Stormont Isnt Your Biggest Priorty and You Can Still Campaign On Important Stuff . . . . SF Abú . . . Btw make sure use are like this on all issues 🙂

  • Cjm

    Admas You Just Showed How Big Of Ejits The DUP Are And How There Mad Mind Works, They Cant Even Agree To Stop The Attacts On Gaza Which 900 People And Almost 300 children have been killed 🙁
    Sinn Fein Have Done Palestine Proud
    Attending All Marches, Rallys And Protest Around Ireland And On The Steps Of Stormont And Putting The Motion Farward in the Assembly
    Keep This Sort Of Work Up . . . It Shows That Stormont Isnt Your Biggest Priorty and You Can Still Campaign On Important Stuff . . . . SF Abú . . . Btw make sure use are like this on all issues 🙂

  • KieranJ

    If Gerry Adams isn’t anti-Israel, he should be. Those gangsters in Tel Aviv are nothing but a bunch of baby killers and war criminals.

  • USA

    Again from an international perspective Adams appears very reasonable while the DUP representatives come across as right wing hawks bent on war and destruction.
    McCausland prattled on and when he felt he may get creative he reverted to task like a drone and finished with the old reliable about not taking lectures from SF.
    Adams was a little cock sure with the “i’ve been there” line which he unfortunately repeated twice, but his position is the correct one.
    Also agree that the timing is cynical and related to upcoming political events in US and Isreal. The Katusha rockets were merely the excuse de jour for Isreal.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    I’m not sure any nation would accept constant rocket attacks. You have to ask WHY hamas took this course of action – what did they expect?

  • Democratic

    “If Gerry Adams isn’t anti-Israel, he should be. Those gangsters in Tel Aviv are nothing but a bunch of baby killers and war criminals.”

    Quote of the week
    and said without the merest hint of irony too…..

  • spiritof07

    I’d say that Nelson is MEP material. He is capable of engaging in debate with those with whom he disagrees violently, without getting all hot and bothered. Which is surely what the DUP are looking for as they weigh up the Allister factor.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    Gerry Adams says he is pro- palestine, why is Gerry Adams pro palestine?

  • Ulsters my homeland

    Is Gerry Adams trying to lecture Nelson on law and order? ..lol, the cheak.

  • RepublicanStones

    At least they’re sharing a couch.

  • RepublicanStones

    If dislexyia is a difficulty in dealiing with words, and dyscalculia a difficulty with numbers….is there a word for having a difficulty with history?

  • Ulsters my homeland

    Gerry looks burnt out, he’s sprawling all over that couch like he needs 40 winks. Is this what globe-trotting does to you?

  • enlightened paddy

    these polemic oppinions reflect an immaturity of insight in NI and more reasoned voices shoud be interviewed as well lets look at this in a balanced way a mesured response is not killing 900 people in place of 7 and hamas have to acknowledge israel right to exist.
    Adams is clueless about world affairs as mc dowell showed in debate . I find it strange ex nf member Nelson mc causland ( deniers of the holocaust or the numbers ) is now a friend of Israel he and donaldon are a memeber of a party led by Paisley whose wife held one of the most anti semitic campaigns in history against her jewish o neillite opponenet in 1969 perhaps and his friend jeffrey could get the big doc to apologise . a more cynical person could say this is a ploy to win friends on the american right

  • fair_deal

    Gerry adams says he can’t understand Unionists, no really?