Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is
buried. Baghdad lies in ruins.
Now the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem as
Jon Bennett, a Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor, his
beautiful CIA partner Erin McCoy and the US Secretary of State arrive in the
Middle East to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
On the table: a dramatic and potentially historic
Arab-Israeli peace plan, of which Bennett is the chief architect. At the heart
of the proposed treaty is the discovery of black gold deep underneath the
Mediterranean, a vast and spectacular tract of oil and natural gas that could
offer unprecedented riches for every Muslim, Christian, and Jew in Israel and
With the international media closely tracking
the story, the American message is as daring as it is direct: Both sides must
put behind them centuries of bitter, violent hostilities to sign a peace
treaty. Both sides must truly cooperate on drilling, pumping, refining, and
shipping the newly found petroleum. Both sides must work together to develop a
dynamic, new, integrated economy to take advantage of the stunning opportunity.
Then, and only then, the United States will help underwrite the billions of
dollars of venture capital needed to turn the dream into reality.
But in the shadows lie men whose hearts are
filled with evil, men who do not relish a post-Saddam era, men for whom the
prospect of a Palestinian peace accord with Israel goes against everything for
which their fathers have fought and died. Such men, and the countries that
finance them, are ready to do anything necessary to slaughter those who stand
in their way. The clock is ticking. Can Bennett, McCoy, and the American
President make peace before the Middle East once again erupts in war?
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