Opposition leader Tzipi Livni said at a conference on Operation Cast Lead Friday that "during the operation, I had loud arguments with Condoleezza Rice that they are interfering with my neighbors, but we preferred to leave those debates behind the scenes."

Livni added: "Israel's relationship with the United States is not related to the internal American political debate during the US elections. The strong dialogue flowing in recent weeks is just another leader friendly to Israel standing up and saying 'Do not attack Iran.'"

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