What Assad is forgetting is that the 1967 war and the subsequent takeover of the Westbank and Gaza was the direct result of the attack by Syrian forces on Israel. This happened again in 1973. So why should we trust Syria today. It is very simple to say that the problem is simply the occupation but when Israel was ready to make peace after the 1967 war all we got was the resounding three NO'S at Khourtoum. The Palestinians and the Syrians have had ample opportunity to make peace but have always failed due to their unrealistic demands.
Fire in Jerusalem suburb causes severe air pollution (Haaretz)
from the article: Assad: Iran supports Syria-Israel peace talks