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German Foreign Minister to Israel: ‘cautious restraint’ is ‘strength’

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock again urged Israel to act cautiously and responsibly in response to Iranian attacks, following meetings with top Israeli officials on Wednesday.

“I’m not talking about retreating. I am talking about cautious restraint, which is nothing less than strength,” she said at Tel Aviv airport on Wednesday after meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the president. Isaac Herzog.

Iran’s dangerous actions would not go unpunished, Baerbock said. She noted that the European Union has already imposed massive sanctions on Tehran and will continue to do so.

She also said Israel had shown strength with its “defensive victory” after its air defenses managed to successfully shoot down Iranian missiles and drones, showing Tehran “how badly Iran has miscalculated and isolated itself in the region.”

The desire of other countries in the region for peace is “one of the strongest weapons against Iran,” Baerbock said.

“Iran, which is supposedly concerned about the Palestinian cause, has made it abundantly clear that it is completely indifferent to the suffering of the people in Gaza,” Baerbock said. “We will not allow the eyes of the international community to be taken away from the people of Gaza and the situation of the hostages in this tense situation.”

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Baerbock said several German citizens are among those still held hostage by Palestinian militant groups in Gaza, including a one-year-old baby.

She accused Yehya al-Sinwar, a leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, of playing a cynical game with the hostages and his own people.

Benjamin Netanyahu (R), Israeli Prime Minister, welcomes Annalena Baerbock (L), German Foreign Minister, ahead of a joint meeting.  Ilia Yefimovich/dpa

Benjamin Netanyahu (R), Israeli Prime Minister, welcomes Annalena Baerbock (L), German Foreign Minister, ahead of a joint meeting. Ilia Yefimovich/dpa

Israeli President Isaac Herzog (L) welcomes Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister, ahead of a meeting with Maayan Toaf/GPO/dpa at a hotel in JerusalemIsraeli President Isaac Herzog (L) welcomes Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister, ahead of a meeting with Maayan Toaf/GPO/dpa at a hotel in Jerusalem

Israeli President Isaac Herzog (L) welcomes Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister, ahead of a meeting with Maayan Toaf/GPO/dpa at a hotel in Jerusalem

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