Continuing from comment 3, if all that Syria wanted was a deal on the Golan there would have been peace years ago. Getting it back, while a matter of national honor, is not what pre-occupies the Alawite leaders. Rather, it is their more parochial concern that without a need for a military leadership which comes from the existence of a constant state of near-war, no rationale exists for keeping Assad, a minority Alawite from the military caste, in power. Let's provide that rationale- offer the sop of recognizing to a degree what already exists in reality regarding Syria's interests in Lebanon. That carrot, plus the stick of threatened ostracism from the Arab fold for aligning further with outsider Iran, may just do it.
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)
from the article: Washington: There is no place yet for Syria in peace process