Everyone broadly agrees on three things: Netanyahu was a great Finance Minister and his departure is basically a financial disaster; If Netanyahu wanted to make a difference to disengagement, he chose a strange time, as it's now finally signed, sealed and about to go ahead; and that his move -- in typical Netanyahu fashion -- has as much to with jostling for the position of prime minister as anything else.
At the press conference yesterday, Netanyahu said,
"Remember, I am the son of a historian... What will they say of me [in the future], was he part of this or not? I want to know that in 10 years, 50 years, 100 years they will say unequivocally -- he was not part of this."Well, too late, as a member of the government up to the 9th hour you have been a part of this. But your behavior is strange, Mr Netanyahu, for someone who is looking to secure their place in history. The last few years have shown without a doubt that you are an excellent UN Ambassador, a fabulous Finance Minister. The one position you are an absolute disaster in is Prime Minister -- yet you seem to spend your time scheming to get back there, in a casebook study of a man who undoes himself with ambition. For G-d's sake, and for ours, try and understand your own limits, and stick to what you are truly good at. That's what will secure your place in the history books.