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Security intrudes on live interview

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A suspected break-in at Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's home Monday intruded on her electioneering when bodyguards accidentally broadcast an alert over her telephone line as she gave a live radio interview.

Livni, a former Mossad spy who hopes to succeed Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in a February 10 ballot, laughed as an unidentified man's voice was repeatedly heard summoning police to her house in Ramat Hahayal, a Tel Aviv suburb.

"Everything's okay, I'm here," she told Army Radio by phone, speaking from her office while the messages "Intruder alert" and "foreign minister's house at Ramat Hahayal" sounded in the background.

"You see -- all this security, and now everyone knows where I live," Livni quipped.

She then offered to call back on her cellphone so the interview could go on uninterrupted. The radio later explained that an alarm button had been accidentally pressed at her home.

(Writing by Dan Williams, editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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