“I don’t agree with Khaled Mashaal’s statement on the non-recognition of Israel because we, in fact, recognized it in 1993,” Abbas told reporters in Ankara following a two-day visit to the country.

“A four-article agreement between [Fatah and Hamas] stipulates a two-state vision. And Mashaal approved of this agreement,” he added, according to the report…

Shortly after Turkish media reported on Abbas’s remarks, the Tzipi Livni Party leader spoke with Abbas and said “it is important that the public will hear messages like this, and not lose hope in an agreement.”