While I know Syrians who would like to have peace, although like a 'package deal' including the PA and Lebanon, I also do not trust this president. Unlike his father, he has not shown any consistency in his politics. On the other hand there is a strong Shiite community in Syria and maybe he tries to find new allies and strenghten his secular regime before Iran will start to meddle in Syria as well. Wishing you a happy New Year - kul sana wa anta bikhayr!
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from the article: Syrian official in Madrid calls for fresh negotiations with Israel