Ehud Barak offered to relenquish all territory taken in 1967 almost a decade ago and Assad turned it down. He was so obsessed with defeating Israel that he wanted to also have access to the Sea of Galilee as well as part of the Israeli territory around it. Bottom line is the Syrians don't want peace. They want unrivaled asymetric victory.
Merkel says would welcome constructive Iranian role in any Syria talk (Reuters)