Abbas: Israel never prevented Palestinians from making Hajj like Hamas is

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Hamas of preventing thousands of Palestinians from making the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Israel Radio reported in Saturday night. Abbas told reporters in Mecca that Israel had never once prevented Palestinians from making the holy visit. Palestinians wishing to travel to Saudi Arabia through Egypt were not given permits and both Fatah and Hamas were blaming each other for the incident.