Syria cannot afford to enlighten their populace about Israel. Moreover it can't afford to allow them any sort of freedoms that you personally would come to expect. Otherwise millions of them would up and leave. The Alawites are a tiny minority who've managed to cling to power through brutality. Remove that force and the whole place descends into anarchy. Let's not forget that Arab custom of awarding all military training, equipment and money to those political troops who point their guns IN not out. The best Arab armies are internal 'security' forces.
And the ironic thing is that in lieu of having no oil, poor infrastructure, poor education, a lack of modern technology, a weak and fragile economy, the one thing they happen to have an awful lot of is fresh water. Something they could actually turn a profit on selling to the eeeeevullll Jews (and Jordanians and Palestinians too...) but of course they won't. They'd rather squat in the dust.
Well good for them. Eventually the Jordan basin community will develop other sources for fresh water and you can bet that on that day Syria will come crying and then they will turn around and scream to whomever will listen that the dreaded Jew menace is refusing to 'cooperate'.