I’d be lying to say I think it is a bad thing. He had become an obstacle to peace ever since he walked away from peace talks in 2000, both rejecting an extraordinary offer from Israel which included parts of Jerusalem, but also refusing to make a counter offer.
His administration will probably be judged by history as one of the most corrupt of recent times.
I did have to laugh reading one blog’s suggestions for how he can get a traditional funeral in Jerusalem. They suggested he has 100kgs of explosives strapped to his body, and is placed on a school bus, as so many of his comrades have done. That way he will be buried literally all over Israel.
Not that there is anything funny about suicide bombers. I just hope his death doesn’t start another wave of them, and the Palestinian people appoint some leaders who actually want to get a peace deal.