President Isaac Herzog took off early Wednesday morning for a visit to the institutions of the European Union, during which he will deliver a speech to the European Parliament to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Before his departure, Herzog said, "This is an exciting event that fills me with reverence and pride. Who would have imagined 80 years ago that the President of the democratic state of the Jewish people, an equal member of the family of nations, would speak before the European House of Representatives.”

"This is an opportunity to welcome the European Parliament's decision to act to declare the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization - an example of joining arms in the joint fight against the hatred and terrorism that Iran spreads in the world. In my diplomatic meetings I will discuss the issue of the Iranian threat and will extensively raise the issue of prisoners and missing persons who are held by Hamas," added the President.