Talking about the AKP's dialogue with Hamas leader Halit Meshaad last week, Fatsa said "We (Turkey) said what the world was wanting to but was unable to say." Responding to a reporter's comment that Hamas didn't seem to have been affected by the messages given to them by AKP leaders, Fatsa said "Whether or not they have been affected, we did our duty. We will see the results in coming days."
Meanwhile, AKP administration officials have tied the tension coming from Israel following the Hamas visit to Turkey to the current "election atmosphere" in Israel. Noting that Israel would be having elections in March, AKP Spokesperson Cemil Cicek said "We hope that after the elections relations between the two countries will return to normal."