They couldn't believe that they had got so far without any real opposition. They thought it was an Israeli trick and that they would be encircled at any moment. Golda Meir, even with Intel reports of a coming war decided to leave this area relatively unguarded, so that the world would realise that Israel was not the aggressor in the region. (This same stupid policy is being followed by Israel's leaders to this very day). If Syria didn't want to cross the Jordan River into Israel, then why didn't they destroy the "Bnot Yaacov" bridge and thwart any Israeli re-inforcements from crossing over to the Golan? Maybe the Syrian's knew that they needed the bridge to cross the river into Israel "proper" into order to destroy State of the Jews??? PS - When are you going to stop the illegal occupation of aboriginal lands? Instead of taking their children and beer away from them?
U.S. says working on initiative to de-escalate Syria fighting, with focus on Aleppo (Reuters)
from the article: Israel sends conciliatory messages to Damascus