One need not look far and wide to discern Netanyahu's disingenuousness and misguided policies that have only undermined Israel's future security. He uses his political skills to deceive and mislead in order to "protect himself from political defeat" while disregarding what is best for the future of the state.
To be sure, the Palestinian unity government provides a historic opportunity to either advance peace and realize the long-hoped-for Palestinian state, or destroy any hope for the resumption of talks toward that end. What matters is the action the unity government takes, the public narrative it engages in, and how constructive a role Hamas will play.
Around this time last year, voters aged 18 to 24 were about evenly divided, with 48 percent saying the country was moving in the right direction while 44 percent said it was off on the wrong track. The finding is especially significant because this is the age during which most Israelis do their military service, take some time off to contemplate their future and then begin their studies.
The main consequence of Lieberman's acquittal is is that Netanyahu's current government is bound to become more similar to his previous one: committed to a strongly right-wing agenda, but with the legitimacy of centrist coalition partners. This pushes the already faint hopes for peace far beyond the visible horizon.
Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud/Beitenu right wing slate limped across the Israeli electoral finish line, leaving a trail of lost Knesset seats in its wake and the loss of incalculable political fortune. It will surely represent a personal rebuke and a vote of popular no confidence in Netanyahu's leadership.