Herzog to focus on hostages in lightning trip to Netherlands Sunday

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

President Isaac Herzog will depart for the Netherlands on Sunday, where he will meet with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen.

According to the President’s office, his one-day visit will focus on efforts to release the hostages in Gaza, and on the rise of antisemitism after October 7.

Herzog will also participate in the inauguration of the National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam, in the presence of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, van der Bellen, Rutte, German Bundestag President Manuela Schwesig, the mayor of Amsterdam, and Jewish leaders.

Herzog will meet with families of hostages visiting the country and will be accompanied by the family of Major (Res.) Yitzhar Hoffman, who was killed in battle in January. Hoffman’s family was saved from the Nazis by Dutch gentiles recognized as Righteous Among the Nations.

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