If Syria really wants peace with Israel, it would not make feeble excuses. It is Israel and not Syria that has the most to lose. If Israel leaves the Golan, what will they receive in turn? Will the border be the International border between Mandated Palestine and Syria (1923-1948)or the much more exposed 4 June 1967 armistice line? Will the Golan be demilitarized? Will Syria break from Iran and stop supporting Hizbollah terrorists? If Syria really wants peace, they know the answers to these questions.
from the article: Assad says Syria turned down nuclear weapons offer in 2001