President Shimon Peres spoke to the European Parliament in Germany on Tuesday afternoon. He invoked his own personal history stating, "I immigrated to Israel in 1934, at the age of 11. In 1942, most of the inhabitants of my town were burned alive. Had my family delayed their emigration by 8 years, we would have been exterminated." He went on to praise the accomplishments of the modern State of Israel in the face of adversity as well as foreigners who supported its struggle. Peres warned of the threat posed by Iran and its terrorist proxy Hezbollah. "Nobody threatens Iran. Iran threatens others. It endangers the independence of Arab countries. It menaces the mere existence of Israel." The president added that while modern Lebanon was initially formed to embrace its diverse population, Hezbollah seeks a homogenous, totalitarian regime.