...Syria was, and remained for the last 60 years, a rabid enemy of Israel, even when others calmed down at times. The only reason I do not extrapolate that into the future is that Rabin, and now Barak, want peace with Syria. What, and how they thought to achieve it is a mystery to me. Particularly when Assad's father's reason to maintain the state of war was to be able to wash his feet in the Kinneret...our only lake that is synonym with Israel itself!
Protests in southern Syrian city after Druze cleric's death (AP)
from the article: Report: Syria willing to consider phased Golan pullout