Analysis Barak, the Great Hope That Turned Into a Bitter Disappointment

WATCH: Haaretz's Gideon Levy discusses his take on the defense minister's decision to quit politics.

The pundits are shattered: Ehud Barak confounded them again. Only a few minutes before his press conference on Monday, they were confidently predicting on live television that he would be running with Tzipi Livni, that he would unite the center-left, that he would resign from his post immediately – and then he dropped the bombshell: He would be retiring in two months from political life.