Israel ex-security chief backs Netanyahu election rival

March 14, 2015 2:37 PM

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A former head of Israel's internal security agency has backed prime ministerial hopeful Isaac Herzog ahead of Tuesday's general election, criticising incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu for his record in security.

"Why is this the moment to give Herzog a chance? Mainly because Netanyahu has failed in almost every area and because Herzog is the better alternative," Youval Diskin, who headed the Shin Bet agency from 2005 to 2011, wrote on Facebook.

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