...the Syrians always lose! Besides, even Assad has figured out that with peace his country can prosper; but with war his people will certainly be worse off. In fact, were he to engage Israel in a war and lose, his generals might very well replace him. And I doubt they would be very gentle about it.
Report: Iran's Culture Ministry refuses to allow Barenboim to perform in Tehran (DPA)
from the article: Assad: Syria committed to peace, but has no faith in Israel