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On the eve of Israel?s Independence Day - nakba (disaster) for the Palestinian people - young diplomat Rob Ginsberg, who works at the Dutch Embassy in Tel Aviv, is asked by his Ambassador to visit Khalil Abu Hassan, the up-and-coming leader of a new political movement in the West Bank called New Palestine. Abu Hassan is determined to make peace with Israel once he wins public election, but the Dutch intelligence service suspects him of misusing money collected from solidarity groups in the Netherlands for terrorist ends.
At Birzeit University near Ramallah Rob Ginsberg's conversation with Abu Hassan ends abruptly after a mysterious phone call. When Ginsberg wants to return to Tel Aviv in his armoured embassy car, Abu Hassan's assistant, the beautiful Lidia Shamas, comes running after him, asking him for a lift to Jerusalem. Unthinking, he complies with her request.
As Rob gets wind of a terrorist plan in which Abu Hassan may be involved, and Lidia Shamas as well, it is too late to back out. The consequences are catastrophic.
The Price of Peace was first published in the Dutch language in 2012. It is a suspenseful political novel, expertly documented, a superb mix of fiction and historical and political facts.
Ron Muyzert is a senior diplomat in the Dutch foreign service. He served as Ambassador in Bolivia and Cuba. From 2000 to 2003 he was Head of the Dutch Representative Office in Ramallah.