At some point during lunch with a friend in London – some fifteen years ago – I asked him for his opinion about one or other Middle East issue that was just in the news. His response was that he does not really care what “the Israelis and the Palestinians get up to.” That he was, in fact, tired of the issue. I was taken aback. How could he? An intelligent, interested, well-read, well-travelled, well-educated and cultured Brit – how could he just be not interested?
These days, everyone seems to have a view about the Ukraine and Russia story and I find myself understanding my friend’s attitude of 15 years ago.