03/20/2013 09:02 am ET

Martin Luther King Jr., Israel And Obama

There is no disputing the historic significance of President Barack Obama’s state visit to Israel; his first since he was elected our nation’s chief executive just over four years ago.

During his first term, the president did a great deal to make clear to all – including Israel’s adversaries – that he has the back of the Jewish state. In the face of unfair charges during last year’s US elections that Obama was somehow anti-Israel, no less an authority than then-defense minister Ehud Barak stated last summer: “This administration, under President Obama, is doing in regard to our security more than anything I can remember in the past.”

Most significantly, Obama has repeatedly stated unequivocally that his administration will not allow Iran – a genocidal state which denies the Holocaust and vows to destroy modern- day Israel – to acquire nuclear weapons and is willing to use any means – including military ones – to prevent that from occurring.