Syria is a police state, a nation run by a military dictatorship. One doesn't start 'negotiating' on behalf of the Syrian nation on a whim Mark. The fact that both Syria and Israel have partcipated in talks for close to two decades should tell you something. The fact that the vast majority of these talks were done well behind closed doors should also give you a clue as to how these talks proceed. Remember, former PM Netanyahu swore up and down he never would return the Golan, but wait, just a few years out of office, and what do we find. This 'hard right' PM, not only negotiated with the Syrians, but was very close to completing a deal. That is what's called reading beyond the headlines. Plausible deniability is a fun word, its also a real one. As for the Hariri investigation, last I checked, Syria was still stonewalling the results. I would be interested to see otherwise.
Egypt says verdict in Al-Jazeera case expected Saturday (AP)
from the article: Syrian President vows to keep supporting Hezbollah, Hamas