Twice Lucky

Israel, in its early years, did not turn away help from the Mafia, but knew very well how to differentiate between Meyer Lansky and Meir Shamgar, Meir Amit or Meir Dagan.

1. Netanyahu. Every American youth, like Benjamin Netanyahu from Pennsylvania and his senior adviser, Ron Dermer from Florida, learns in school about President Woodrow Wilson. In 1916, toward the end of his first four years in the White House, Wilson wanted to be reelected. In Europe, World War I was raging. Wilson's winning election slogan was "He kept us out of war."