Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a comprehensive deal that would include a Syrian demilitarized zone stretching 40 kilometers into Syria from its border with Israel.  This unprecedented move presumably resulted from Israel threatening to destroy all Iranian and Iranian-backed military forces and facilities within 40 km (25 miles) from its border with Syria.  In recent months, Iranian-backed forces have repeatedly tried to encroach into the Golan Heights in northern Israel, and the IDF has…