"But despite strong backing for Hezbollah, Syria remained keen to strike a peace deal with Israel... A political settlement with Israel is high on Syria's list of priorities and intelligence shows a will to reach an agreement – but on their terms, meaning a return of the Golan Heights and American involvement" [Brig. Gen. Baidatz of MI} said." - Haaretz// This was the OFFICIAL national intelligence estimate of Israel. One would think such an analysis, and others over the years, would lead to one simple conclusion: Get Syria out of Iran`s orbit and make peace with it. This would have brought an end to military Hizballah by chocking off its weapons supply, and also bring peace with Lebanon, as Papa Assad said. Syria`s close alliance with Iran is not natural. Syria is secular, Iran fundamentalist. Syria is an Arab state, Iran Persian (long time no friends). Syria is mostly Sunni, Iran Shiite. Given a choice, Syria will much prefer to be friends of a major state like the US than a pariah state like Iran. (Today, of course, the US will not get close to the opressive Syrian regime, but this situation will not last long. But the Syrian situation would settle down soon one way or the other, except that they will keep insisting on their Golan being returned.) There is a price to the Israeli reluctance to talk peace with Syria. Since 1973, when Egypt got out of the Israeli-Arab conflict, Syria tried to cause trouble only indirectly, so as not to be attacked itself. Israel, though had to go to war twice already, in Lebanon, in 1982 and 2006. Another one is widely expected.
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