Some years ago, after the Second Israeli-Lebanese war, when we were once more thinking of a possible accord between Israel and Syria, there were talkbackers around here who thought that if France and Germany could make peace, Israel and Syria should also be able to. While all parties are trying to make everyone believe they have the most justified and honorable motives for killing each others, I shall classify one of Assad's concise wisdoms under "anthropological constants": "Peace is much harder than war". Heaven may be a better place anyway, and even if heaven doesn't exist, definitive death may be a better perspective than the generalized mutual hatred where the people of the region choose to live in.
Knesset approves 2015-16 state budget in first reading (Haaretz)
from the article: For first time, Assad regime claims responsibility for firing at Israel