Netanyahu is well aware of history. He knows that what is left behind, after all the arguments, is a book. It is hard to argue with a book, and that booklet from Sunday is the raw material for a book that he is currently working on.
Shinui proudly announced to the media this week what it had "changed the order of priorities in the budget" when it transferred NIS 700 million to objectives "that are not sectorial, but for the common good."
Shlomo Nehama and Danny Dankner did not invent the system, they just took it to extraordinary heights of cynicism and chutzpah.
The Likud is already deep into its next primaries. The running assumption there is that Labor will quit the coalition immediately after the Gaza disengagement is completed and topple the government, so the battle for the Likud Central Committee is heating up.
The Peter Principle says that every individual will advance to their highest level of competence and then be promoted to and remain at a level at which they are incompetent and cause damage. The office of prime minister is one level beyond Netanyahu's skill set.
The Knesset rejected the referendum proposal yesterday by a large majority. Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was disappointed. The Sharon government survived. Now only the 2005 state budget needs to be passed.
The Knesset this week approved a reform that will make it possible for cellular phone clients to transfer to another provider while keeping their original phone number, including the dialing prefix.
National Infrastructures Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer looks at the calendar and pales. In another three months, he will be up for election - and he doesn't have much of a chance.
When it was first published in 1995, the Report on Wage Costs at Public Bodies found that 62 percent of the state-owned corporations, government organizations, enterprises and bodies overpaid employees. This year, the proportion of enterprises over the line dropped to 14 percent.