German foreign minister: Middle East cannot slide into unpredictable situation

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock delivers a statement at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said she made clear during talks in Israel with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others that the Middle East must not be allowed to slide into a situation whose outcome is completely unpredictable.

"Everyone must now act prudently and responsibly," said Baerbock before departing Israel on Wednesday for a Group of Seven (G7) meeting that she said would discuss Iran sanctions.

Baerbock was visiting Israel for the seventh time since Hamas' attack on Israel on Oct. 7 to aid in efforts to de-escalate tensions since Iran's weekend attack on Israel.

"Because that would serve no one, not Israel's security, not the many dozens of hostages still in the hands of Hamas, not the suffering population of Gaza, not the many people in Iran who are themselves suffering under the regime, and not the third countries in the region who simply want to live in peace."

(Reporting by Madeline Chambers, Writing by Miranda Murray)