President Bush last month ordered from his intelligence chiefs a fresh evaluation of the robustness of the Olmert government, DEBKA-Net-Weekly revealed Sept. 1

debkafile reports that their unfavorable findings have prompted urgent trips to Washington by prime minister Ehud Olmert’s top advisers this week.
In his directive for an updated National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Israel, the US president wanted to find out if the mismanaged Lebanon War was a curable hiccup or the symptom of a deeper malady.
He asked whether Israel is robust enough to continue to count as a strong and stable political and military force able to serve the United States as a Middle East ally and a strategic mainstay in the region.
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