Israel refuses to even talk peace with Syria. So long as Hizbollah is protecting Syria's long right flank against Israel and Jordan it's left, Syria has to only worry about holding in the center. So long as Israel is busy killing Palestinians then it is less likely to attack Syria. Syrian support for Hizbollah and Hamas is totally logical. A very cost effective way to make Syria more secure from Israeli attack. An even more cost effective method is being actively pursued - and aggressively resisted by Israel - that of normal diplomatic relations with Syria. Having had the carrot refused, Assad is pointing out he still has the stick. Those who are intransigent about the possibility of peace will always prefer to ignore the carrot and exaggerate the stick. Thus Ronnie Wolman, to who peace is an anethema, responds as he does. There is an astounding refusal of any possible improvement. There are many who would love Israel to still be at war with Egypt and Jordan.
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