RAMALLAH, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Jordan is not an adequate alternative homeland for the Palestinians, the Palestinian presidency said on Monday, according to the state-run Wafa news agency.
"Jordan is Jordan and Palestine is Palestine, nothing but that, " Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was quoted as saying.
Abu Rdeneh's comments came after King Abdullah II of Jordan on Sunday said the idea that his country could be an alternative home for the Palestinians "illusive."
The alternative homeland is a popular idea among some Israelis who suggest that Jordan be used as a homeland for the Palestinians. The idea has recently raised a wide-ranging debate in Jordan.
The idea has always been opposed by both Jordanian and Palestinian governments, which agree that peace can only be made according to a two-state solution, with East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state, the official added.
Jordan, a main player in the current U.S.-brokered peace talks, which resumed last July, has embraced some two million Palestinian refugees. The idea of the alternative homeland deprives them of the right to return to their original homes.