Staying in power at any cost is Assad?s only strategic goal. While war is really bad for Assad and his Alawite cronies it is not as bad as peace with Israel. Syria is a very poor marginalized country making a meager living off its lopsided friendship with Iran. In case of war with Israel, Syria will be portrayed as a victim and other Arab countries and the EU/US may actually provide economic help to re-build it after the thrashing Syria stands to receive from Israel in case of hostilities. On the other hand, Syria surely stands to loose Iran?s continued economic and military help in case it makes peace with Israel on which it relies for the country's daily needs. If that were to happen, Assad and his henchmen would be forced to flee the country. So, the only practical course is doing nothing.
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from the article: Syria: We're ready for peace, but also for war