The immutable political law of “unforeseen consequences” is already in operation. The reopening of the Israel-Palestine peace process has set in train a series of unanticipated and surprising developments, and what can only be described as a new political atmosphere. For example, on Thursday August 1, newspapers in Israel featured a quite startling image. Taken inside the Knesset a day earlier, the picture featured an Israeli and a Palestinian flag draped behind three men – Abdullah Abdullah, Muhammad Madani, and Hilil Bar. The first is the head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, the second a member of Fatah’s Central Committee, and the third an Israeli MK. The photograph was taken to record a meeting between Israeli members of parliament and the Caucus on Ending the Israeli-Arab Conflict. A Palestinian flag on display inside the Knesset! Several distinguished Israeli prime ministers must have been turning in their graves.