Here on the ground in this Belgium-size bit of Mediterranean coast a new war is raging, so far of words...
Their [Israelis who do not support "the two-state solution"] critics warn of "rivers of blood" in an "apartheid Israel" made international pariah if the two-state option dies.
Palestinians, too, are sounding more apocalyptic.
He [Abbas] also warned this week that his people may turn to more violence if they are thwarted.
Along the way, Macdonald reveals his own radical anti-Israel colors referring to Jewish "colonization" of Judea and Samaria and misrepresenting the particulars of previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements ("the partition goal enshrined in the 1993 Oslo accords") as well as getting the basic demography of the region wrong ("Israel controls a whole territory where Arabs may soon outnumber Jews").Yet time for agreement, many officials and diplomats concur, may be running out as frustration breeds radicalism all round.
But what really seems to panic Macdonald is the loss of global interest in the conflict:
Well, there's always agitprop to increase circulation.As world attention wanes, perhaps with the lack of televised bloodshed and the glacial pace of U.S. President Barack Obama's efforts to get the sides back to even "proximity talks", Israelis and Palestinians are watching anxiously to see whether the 20-year-old "peace process" will now live, or die.