"Ziara azima" (fabulous visit). This was the description Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave to the unexpected visit King Abdullah made to the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.
Questioning the PLO's current configuration, many Palestinians are now talking publicly about the need to create new political parties different in structure, ideology and working procedures from the present set of nationalist or Islamic factions.
Israel is worried. The protests have already led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, Israel's closest Arab ally. I met Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, for an exclusive interview at his office in Jerusalem.
It won't be all smooth sailing, but economic progress on the West Bank may undercut those who advocate violence and confrontation, as more and more Palestinians and Israelis see a sliver of hope for the future.