Former Israeli President Shimon Peres sits on the Iron Throne

The traveling Game of Thrones exhibition, which features props, costumes, and accessories from the show, is currently setting up shop in Tel Aviv, Israel, the latest stop on its ongoing European tour. As if the exhibition itself wasn’t enough proof enough of the show’s international popularity, former Israeli President Shimon Peres stopped by the exhibition today for the opening, and took the opportunity to sit on the famous Iron Throne.

Peres served as President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. Incidentally, the position of Israeli President is not to be confused with that of Israeli Prime Minister, a post currently held by Benjamin Netanyahu. Ron Eilon, CEO of Yes, the satellite television service that broadcasts the show in Israel, was also on hand. It’s unclear whether Peres is a fan of the show, but he didn’t waste the opportunity to draw some parallels between the state of affairs in Westeros and in the real world.

“The Passover holiday exemplifies that we knew how to release ourselves from the tyranny of foreign thrones and liberate ourselves from slavery to freedom,” Peres said. “Although in Game of Thrones there are many sword fights and beheadings, in the real world it is the duty of leaders to seek any way towards peace.”

Anyway, Peres’ willingness to take a seat on the Throne puts him one up on Queen Elizabeth II, who reportedly refused to sit on it for fear of violating British custom.