Livni denies Gaza war's link to election
Livni, the leader of Kadima party, is a main contender in the upcoming Israeli elections.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni says the ongoing military campaign in Gaza is in no way related to the upcoming Israeli elections, reported Press TV .
The February elections will determine the successor to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who announced in September that he would resign to battle corruption charges.
Livni, the leader of Kadima party, is one of the main candidates for filling Olmert's position. She is running neck-and-neck with Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud.
In a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Sunday, Livni rejected that the Gaza onslaught is related to the upcoming elections when asked by a reporter.
The Israeli foreign minister said Israel's actions in the beleaguered coastal sliver are justified, since the army is defending Israeli citizens.
Tel Aviv launched an "all-out" war on Gaza on Dec. 27 to put a stop to rocket attacks on southern Israel. At least 10 Israeli soldiers have died in the operation.
At least 888 Gazans have been killed in the Israeli offensive, while some 3,900 others have been injured.
Hamas, the democratically-elected ruler of the impoverished strip, demands a cessation of an 18-month Israeli blockade on Gaza before it stops rocket attacks on Israel.