It is ALL about religion. If Assad converted to Evangelical Christianity, Israel would keep the Golan Heights- no sweat. BUT Muslim peace is never permanent. It is an established doctrine in Islam that if you are not able conquer your enemy, make peace until you are strong enough to destroy them. Mohammed used the same tactic according to the Hadiths. Even Arafat agreed with this principle. The tragedy for Israel, is that it wants to believe the fiction that Assad and many of the Arab leaders want lasting peace...
Army: Blast in Korean DMZ wounds two South Korean soldiers (Reuters)
from the article: Switzerland says it mediated in informal Israel-Syria peace talks