Arabs should be reassured that their concerns are understood by the West. At the same time, the Iranian public needs to see the linkage between their economic woes and their government's nuclear ambitions and foreign policy.
We cannot lose sight on how pivotal it is for American foreign policy establishment to resist the influence of foreign elements and special interest groups that tend to benefit from similar circumstances.
Chances of passage of any UNSC resolution for attack on Iran nuclear sites seem bleak.
It's not so easy for Israel to attack Iranian sites either; otherwise, it would have done it a long time ago without taking care of any nation.
The pre-government shut down news cycle was obsessed with last week's address to the United Nations General Assembly by Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, the handshake with Barack Obama that didn't happen and finally their 15-minute phone conversation.
Mindful of the short and closing window of opportunity for an intermediate agreement on the nuclear issue -- before the Iranian New Year in March and the Iranian elections in June -- time has not been used effectively since Obama's reelection in November. And Tehran is not helping.
It still appears that the central thrust of the P5+1 will be limited to immediate concerns over Iran's nuclear program and not the underlying issues that define Iran's relationship with the international community.