Whereas Hafez Al Asad was practical politician who knew when to strike a deal, his Opthalmologist son is a weak "schlub". People seem to forget that the Syrians for many years held their Jewish community as hostages, and arbitrarily persecuted, harassed, detained, tortured,imprisoned members of that small community, and stole their property. The Syrian Jews had lived in Syria peacefully for thousands of years, until the persecutions started in 1948. Thankfully, nearly all of them have since left Syria.
Justice Ministry: Information examined by AG about Gal Hirsch didn't come from police (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel sends conciliatory messages to Damascus