Asssad is just gambling that America will support and cajole Israel into ceding the strategically located Golan heights without having to fire a shot. Assad enjoys being Syria's president and another armed conflict with Israel will be his last. So, the takewaway is that Assad is desperately bluffing to bolster his standing with his fanatical and delusional allies. Right now, he's perceived as not tough enough with Israel by Tehran and may be replaced by them sooner rather than later.
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from the article: Syria: We're ready for peace, but also for war